Inuit Art

Inuit Art

An Introduction

Book - 1998
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"What we show in our carvings is the life we have lived in the past right up to today. We show the truth." -Paulosie Kasadluak

The Inuit of the Canadian Arctic have created a contemporary art form that is recognized and appreciated around the world for its power and exquisite beauty, an art that embodies the harsh arctic environment and a unique way of life, as well as traditional myths and beliefs. Engaging and authoritative, Inuit Art: An Introduction explores Inuit art from historical, cultural and aesthetic perspectives. The engrossing story begins with an outline of the roots of Inuit art in prehistoric times and through the historical period that began with the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century. The emergence of Inuit art as we know it came about in the late 1940s, partly through the encouragement of writer and artist James Houston, who also introduced printmaking to Inuit artists. Inspired by his support, Inuit artists quickly brought their art to life, attracting a wide audience almost overnight, and they have continued to develop and refine their work over the past fifty years. To enrich our understanding of the art, Ingo Hessel also provides descriptions of techniques and materials.
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1998.
ISBN: 9781550548297
9780810934764
0810934760
Branch Call Number: 704.0397 HES
Characteristics: x, 198 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Hessel, Dieter - Photographer

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parisrobin
Nov 22, 2017

A little dry, but contains a lot of information about Inuit art including many photos of sculpture and some 2-D art. Chapters are organized chronologically by eras of Inuit art production. Others have criticized this approach but I didn't mind at all. Especially since at some point the author does have sections focused on locales/regions. This book gave me a good foundation in the history of Inuit art. There is some text which reads like a history book. 3-4 stars/5 stars.

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