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The Whole Picture

The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums and Why We Need to Talk About it

Alice Procter



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31 March 2020
Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonize' our galleries? Must Rhodes fall?

How to deal with the colonial history of art in museums and monuments in the public realm is a thorny issue that we are only just beginning to address. Alice Procter, creator of the Uncomfortable Art Tours, provides a manual for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about art history and tells the stories that have been left out of the canon.

The book is divided into four chronological sections, named after four different kinds of art space: The Palace, The Classroom, The Memorial and The Playground. Each section tackles the fascinating, enlightening and often shocking stories of a selection of art pieces, including the propaganda painting the East India Company used to justify its rule in India; the tattooed Maori skulls collected as 'art objects' by Europeans; and works by contemporary artists who are taking on colonial history in their work and activism today.

THE WHOLE PICTURE is a much-needed provocation to look more critically at the accepted narratives about art, and rethink and disrupt the way we interact with the museums and galleries that display it.
By:   Alice Procter
Imprint:   Octopus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   640g
ISBN:   9781788401555
ISBN 10:   1788401557
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   31 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alice Procter is an historian of material culture based at University College London. She is the creator of Uncomfortable Art Tours, and curates exhibitions, organizes events, makes podcasts and writes things under the umbrella of The Exhibitionist. Alice has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Front Row and has recorded material for the Tate's newly updated audio guides showcasing different voices. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and The Times. Alice is Australian but mostly grew up in England. @aaprocter

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