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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
Posts: 1886
From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2007-03-29 2:30 pm   Permalink


On 2007-03-29 12:26, TikiSan wrote:
Are all the photographs in the reprint books black and white?

Yes, and the plates are pretty small - about 4" x 5 1/2".


On 2007-03-29 13:33, Swanky wrote:

These are the coolest swizzle sticks I have ever seen. Sorry, I had to side track a little bit...

Seeing these pieces still wrapped up, in person would just send shivers up my spine.

The staff gods were some of Oldman's favourite items. The Cook Islands pieces went to Otago Museum, Dunedin - not a city many visitors to NZ stop in but well worth a visit. I spent two afternoons there on my last trip down South. They also have one of the few large stone moai in museum collections.
The staff god on the far right of that pic belongs to Canterbury Museum (my "local" which I mentioned earlier who keep all their stuff in the basement) because it was one of Otago's unwanted "duplicates", but is on loan to the Museum in Rarotonga, where I saw it last July! Nearly all the good (ie not reproduction) pieces in Rarotonga were on loan from NZ museums.

I've plugged this book before but will do it again seeing it fits in this thread...I finally got my own copy a couple of weeks ago and it's one of the best I've ever seen:


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Joined: Sep 13, 2005
Posts: 1893
From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2007-03-29 3:45 pm   Permalink

I will definitely check into getting these books for myself. I always reference traditional pieces for my own paintings. Ive received as gifts recently a couple of books on Oceanic Art that have images Ive not seen before.

One is caled Oceanic Art, published in Italy in 1966 by Fratelli Fabbri, Milan

The other is a exhibit book from the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1969

Theres one more I found thrifting but I will have to dig for it. I do like the big color plates of artifacts, very inspirational.
Nothing beats great reference materials!

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Joined: Nov 09, 2004
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From: The thumb !
Posted: 2007-03-31 05:58 am   Permalink

look how normal this Kava kava man is. (discusses more than fifty works, ranging from robust stone images to refined wooden sculpture)$ 15.56 It is a related book to the "Pacific encounters" $30.24
20+10 =30yo

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Joined: Jul 27, 2002
Posts: 1323
From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2015-01-09 3:46 pm   Permalink

Here is a short film about the Oldman Collection - based on William Oldman's personal 16mm film copy


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Joined: Feb 13, 2004
Posts: 74
From: San Francisco
Posted: 2015-01-10 2:23 pm   Permalink

That short film is pretty great! Thanks for posting.

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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11594
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2015-01-11 12:43 pm   Permalink

Fantastic video, thanks Vern!

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