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Unpacking culture : art and commodity in colonial and postcolonial worlds ; Berkeley; London; University of California Press

Authenticity, repetition, and the aesthetics of seriality : the work of tourist art in the age of mechanical reproduction

Author :
STEINER, Christopher B. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Discusses Walter Benjamin's 1936 essay 'The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction' and applies its principles to 'tourist art,' especially African. This art is not in the general category of 'authentic,' i.e., produced in the context of a religious cult, but instead is mass produced, often mechanically, and thus severed from tradition. Concludes that, nevertheless, when viewed in the contexts of other modes of mass production (the circulation of popular printed iconography, the proliferation of cheap cotton fabrics in the industrial revolution, or the aesthetics of seriality characteristic of postmodern networks of cultural expression) the logic of the tourist art industry may be seen to be grounded in broader discourses of cultural truths and authenticities forged in the nexus of production and consumption in mass cultural and economic markets. ;
Pagination/Size :
5 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Afrique ; Art touristique ; Authenticité ; Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940 ; Copie ; Production en série ; Théorie de l'art ; Tourisme ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Africa ; Art theory ; Authenticity ; Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940 ; Copies ; Mass production ; Tourism ; Tourist art ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
INIST identifier :
24986575 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 05202079630520207971 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED STATES ; UNITED KINGDOM ;