Up until now books on Maori art have described the work as either traditional (carving, weaving, painting) or contemporary, work produced post-1950s. This book presents a unique focus on Maori art by exploring the connection between the traditional and contemporary, and the place of Maori art within an international context. Maori Art provides a framework for looking at Maori art in a new way and fills a gap in Maori art history - while there are myriad surveys of Maori art there is currently very little critical writing on Maori art and artists. The book is extensively illustrated with over 400 art works, landscapes and meeting houses, many never published before, including 100 specially commissioned photographs from renowned New Zealand photographers Mark Adams and Haruhiko Sameshima.
Dr Rangihiroa Panoho is New Zealand Maori and has affiliations with the northern iwi tribes of central Tai Tokerau, Northland. He has 22 years professional experience as a leading New Zealand curator and art historian. His specialist areas are Maori, Pacific, New Zealand and international indigenous art. He has published and lectured extensively, and participated in collective projects, exhibitions and presentations within the Australasian gallery circuit, New York University, Field Museum Chicago and the International Social Sciences Council UNESCO, Paris.