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  • The Whole Picture

  • The Colonial Story of the Art in Our Museums & Why We Need to Talk About It
  • By: Alice Procter
  • Narrated by: Alice Procter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Should museums be made to give back their marbles? Is it even possible to 'decolonise' 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 guide for deconstructing everything you thought you knew about art history and tells the stories that have been left out of the canon. 

The audiobook 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.

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©2020 Alice Procter (P)2019 Octopus Publishing Group

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What an outstanding and important book!

Meticulously researched, beautifully expressed. This was a challenging and great listen. The vocal performance was good too.

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  • Richard
  • 28-05-2021

FANTASTIC

I'm an intern at a museum and this book taught me so much about the role museums play in modern society! Absolutely amazing writing/narration.

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  • Shara
  • 07-08-2020

Fantastic storytelling and insights

I was assigned this book in a Seminar in Art Theory course for my Master’s program. I really enjoyed the stories told and the contemporary global perspective taken on many issues presented. The writer did an excellent job doubling as narrator. I will most likely listen to this again.

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  • Sylvester Jønsson
  • 17-01-2021

My top book of 2020

If you ever feel like visiting a museum again
you should really read this book... As University scholar of heritage management. This book has help me in my thesis thoughts.

The writing is informative but playful. This is topics some people may shut down over but Miss Procter Way of talking about it issues is Fantastic and for everyone to understand. Even though she is mainly focus on British American and Australian example... it was more than easy for me to transfer her written examples to a Nordic Context as I am Scandinavian.

I truly hope there are more books from Miss Procter in the future... and I desperately hope that I will join one of her critical museum tours in the future.

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