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Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form (Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State M) Paperback – January 1, 1965
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"[A]n indispensable text for anyone wishing to penetrate beyond the narrative and ceremonial aspects of Northwest Coast Indian art."―Vancouver Sun
"Holm inspired a renaissance .. Terminology he invented .. are today the standard way of referring to the art."―Seattle Times
Top Customer Reviews
Although the book is easy to read and very well written, it has a decidely academic tone to it. Mr. Holm studied large numbers of authentic examples, and draws conclusions about patterns.
For example, he points out that an ovoid within another ovoid (an "inner ovoid") is always placed either vertically centered OR closer to the top than the bottom. If it is placed closer to what appears to be the bottom, then it is because the artist is telling us that that particular part of the artwork is actually upside down.
He then backs this up with data based on his researches. In other words, he "reverse engineered" the unwritten rules of how to do this type of artwork.
But his focus is on details and small parts, not on the larger picture of how these elements are used by an artist to convey a message or depict something. There is almost no information on the myths and legends that the artwork is based on, nor on ways to discern between the various animals.
Note that I do NOT say this as a criticism -- it is not a bad thing that the book does not contain such info! Plenty of other books do. This book has a specific purpose, which is to analyze the elements of the artform, and this book is unquestionably the best one on that topic. In fact, it is the ONLY one that goes into this level of detail.Read more ›
This book is fundamental to understanding NW Indian art.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the one and only book I have found to carry out the process of drawing Native American art.Published 8 months ago by zach glover
Very good if you want a more scientific explanation of First Nations art.Published 13 months ago by TheBugMan
Great detail but provided the information I needed. Pictures of old pieces fascinating.Great artistic skills.Published 14 months ago by great grandma
I bought this work to learn how to carve coastal salish designs. It is a good book, very well written, but so dense as to be confusing. It is quite a study in native art.Published 23 months ago by Timothy Wittman
I am an artist that has always loved using rhythmic patterns in my work, which is why I bought this book. This book is full of inspiration.Published 23 months ago by Lil Pinchands