Heaven, Hell and Somewhere in Between
Portuguese Popular Art
Anthony Alan Shelton. In Collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia
“What a fascinating read and visual feast.”
—Portuguese American JournalBuy Book
Heaven, Hell and Somewhere In Between combines an in-depth analysis of Portuguese popular art and culture with stunning photographs of forty artworks—ceramics, masks, puppets—and another sixty supporting images, from medieval frescoes and roadside icons to graffiti and images of carnival performers and artisans at work in their studios. Complex, contemporary, theatrical, political, and often controversial, this is the theatre of a nation, where official ideologies collide with homegrown art and culture and spew forth deeply felt emotions, from ecstasy and transcendence to suffering and penitence.
Canadian Museum Association Awards: Award of Outstanding Achievement in Research—Cultural Heritage