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From 'artefact' to 'art by appropriation': carvings of Asmat and Kamoro of West New Guinea

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When the metamorphosis of ethnic objects into ‘art’ took place in the fifties of last century, the idea was that art was universal. Western people paid so to say respect to material culture of indigenous cultures by calling these objects art. But by claiming these objects as art, also western criteria were attached to them. In fact the approach remained still ‘Eurocentric’. This transformation of ethnic objects into ‘art’ can be regarded as one of the consequences of ‘collecting’. For western aesthetic appreciation and taste largely appoint the economic value of these objects.
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non-western art, aesthetics, appropriation

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van der Zee, Paulina. 2007. “From ‘Artefact’ to ‘Art by Appropriation’: Carvings of Asmat and Kamoro of West New Guinea.” In Pacific Art in World View : Exhibition, Research and Relationships, Proceeding Paper, ed. Philippe Peltier, 30–31. Paris, France: Musée de Quai Branly.
APA
van der Zee, Paulina. (2007). From “artefact” to “art by appropriation”: carvings of Asmat and Kamoro of West New Guinea. In P. Peltier (Ed.), Pacific art in world view : exhibition, research and relationships, proceeding paper (pp. 30–31). Presented at the PAA’s 9th international symposium : Pacific art in world view : exhibition, research and relationships, Paris, France: Musée de Quai Branly.
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van der Zee P. From “artefact” to “art by appropriation”: carvings of Asmat and Kamoro of West New Guinea. In: Peltier P, editor. Pacific art in world view : exhibition, research and relationships, proceeding paper. Paris, France: Musée de Quai Branly; 2007. p. 30–1.
MLA
van der Zee, Paulina. “From ‘Artefact’ to ‘Art by Appropriation’: Carvings of Asmat and Kamoro of West New Guinea.” Pacific Art in World View : Exhibition, Research and Relationships, Proceeding Paper. Ed. Philippe Peltier. Paris, France: Musée de Quai Branly, 2007. 30–31. Print.
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  author       = {van der Zee, Paulina},
  booktitle    = {Pacific art in world view : exhibition, research and relationships, proceeding paper},
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  location     = {Paris, France},
  pages        = {30--31},
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  title        = {From 'artefact' to 'art by appropriation': carvings of Asmat and Kamoro of West New Guinea},
  year         = {2007},
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