Art history and cultural difference: Alfred Gell’s anthropology of art

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58506
Title:
Art history and cultural difference: Alfred Gell’s anthropology of art
Authors:
Rampley, M. (Matthew)
Affiliation:
Edinburgh College of Art. Graduate Research School.
Citation:
Rampley, M. (2005) 'Art history and cultural difference: Alfred Gell’s anthropology of art', Art History, 28(4), pp.524-551.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Art History
Issue Date:
8-Sep-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58506
DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-8365.2005.00475.x
Abstract:
The problems presented by recognition of cultural difference and alterity have long been recognized as presenting substantial challenges to traditional assumptions about the scope and limits of art history. This article examines some of the arguments that have emerged in relation to this issue, focusing in particular on ways in which anthropology and, specifically, the work of Alfred Gell, might contribute to debates. It argues that Gell's theory of the art nexus offers new possibilities for the cross-cultural study of art, which can be applied not only to the art of small-scale oral societies but also to Western art history. In so doing, it suggests that the art-historical engagement with anthropology should imply more than the promotion of difference as a value; rather, it suggests alternative methods of analysis that examine the role of art within social transactions.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
art history; Gell, Alfred; anthropology
ISSN:
0141-6790
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed 29/10/2009]
Citation Count:
1 [Scopus, 29/10/2009]

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dc.contributor.authorRampley, M. (Matthew)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:53:47Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:53:47Z-
dc.date.issued2005-09-08-
dc.identifier.citationArt History; 28( 4):524-551-
dc.identifier.issn0141-6790-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-8365.2005.00475.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58506-
dc.description.abstractThe problems presented by recognition of cultural difference and alterity have long been recognized as presenting substantial challenges to traditional assumptions about the scope and limits of art history. This article examines some of the arguments that have emerged in relation to this issue, focusing in particular on ways in which anthropology and, specifically, the work of Alfred Gell, might contribute to debates. It argues that Gell's theory of the art nexus offers new possibilities for the cross-cultural study of art, which can be applied not only to the art of small-scale oral societies but also to Western art history. In so doing, it suggests that the art-historical engagement with anthropology should imply more than the promotion of difference as a value; rather, it suggests alternative methods of analysis that examine the role of art within social transactions.-
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell-
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo [Accessed 29/10/2009]-
dc.subjectart history-
dc.subjectGell, Alfred-
dc.subjectanthropology-
dc.titleArt history and cultural difference: Alfred Gell’s anthropology of art-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentEdinburgh College of Art. Graduate Research School.-
dc.identifier.journalArt History-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount1 [Scopus, 29/10/2009]-
or.citation.harvardRampley, M. (2005) 'Art history and cultural difference: Alfred Gell’s anthropology of art', Art History, 28(4), pp.524-551.-
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