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Early Rock Art of the American West: The Geometric Enigma Paperback – July 10, 2018
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"Ellen Dissanayake is always fascinating on the subject of aesthetics, and her books have made us think more clearly about the nature of human art. Here she turns her attention to early rock art and, once again, has produced an original study that, with Ekkehart Malotki's remarkable photographs, encourages us to look with new eyes at the fundamental human impulse to make marks."―Desmond Morris, author of The Biology of Art andThe Naked Ape
"It is the hardest thing in the world to escape the grip of our own prejudices. Dissanayake's work on rock art is important because it tries to do exactly that: to distance ourselves from our obsession with explicit symbols and stories, and to free our theories of art from the iron grip of literate culture. I applaud her efforts to strip away the overwhelming mental baggage imposed by modern education and technology, and dig deeper, to find the ancient roots of our aesthetic sensibilities."―Merlin Donald, emeritus professor of psychology at Queen's University and author of Origins of the Modern Mind
"Presents new ideas on the origin and importance of art to all human cultures and shows that the neglected geometric rock art of the American West has an intriguing and essential story to tell."―Paul Tacon, Chair in Rock Art Research, Griffiths University, Australia
"There is no previous book on this type of rock art―usually it is given only cursory treatment, largely because geometric imagery defies conventional approaches to interpretation. Malotki and Dissanayake address what we know and what we can know about early geometric rock art."―James D. Keyser, author of Indian Rock Art of the Columbia Plateau
"Malotki and Dissanayake's intriguing concept of 'artification' gives researchers another tool to use when examining ancient rock art. Plus the photos in this book alone warrant purchasing it."―D. Clark Wernecke, executive director, Gault School of Archaeological Research
"In this welcome book a long-neglected rock art tradition is examined at length. The work is so wide-ranging that any reader will also learn about many important anthropological concepts. Last but certainly not least, splendid photographs accompany the texts throughout."―Jean Clottes, author of What Is Paleolithic Art? Cave Paintings and the Dawn of Human Creativity
"A fascinating and thought-provoking volume that explores the enigma of geometric rock art in the American West with great insight and authority. Lavishly illustrated with Malotki's incredible photography, this work is as much a feast for the eyes as it is the mind."―Ben Watson, paleoart specialist
"A tribute to the artistic and intellectual achievements of Paleoamericans. Scholarly and innovative, sophisticated yet accessible, and with a wealth of breathtaking images."―Tilman Lenssen-Erz, African Archaeology, Institute for Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Cologne
"Malotki's fascinating photographs and Dissanayake's pathbreaking ideas make this book a must for all research on American rock art and the roots of human creativity."―Christian Zuechner, director emeritus, Institute of Prehistory and Early History, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg
About the Author
Ekkehart Malotki is professor emeritus of languages at Northern Arizona University. He is the author of The Rock Art of Arizona: Art for Life's Sake and Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush: Colorado Plateau Rock Art. Ellen Dissanayake is an independent scholar, author, and lecturer. She is the author of Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began; Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why; and What Is Art For?
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