Inuit art: an introduction

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Harry N. Abrams, Oct 15, 1998 - Art - 198 pages
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Definitive and lavishly illustrated, this is the first book to survey the full range of Inuit art: sculptures, prints, drawings, and textiles.

Over the past 50 years, the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic have created a contemporary art form that is acclaimed for its striking imagery, exquisite beauty, and occasional whimsy. It is an art that embodies the harsh Arctic environment and a unique way of life, as well as traditional myths and beliefs.

Ingo Hessel's authoritative text combines historical perspectives with cultural insights, surveying community and individual artistic styles, themes, and aesthetic approaches. Brief descriptions of techniques and materials as well as insights into community life in a modern Inuit settlement set the works in context. And George Swinton, a leading authority on Inuit art, discusses the achievements of the art form.

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Native Americans of northern Canada (we would call them Eskimos; they prefer Inuit) inhabit a vast area covering all of upper Canada. In the 1950s, the bottom fell out of their staple money source ... Read full review

Contents

ART OF THE PREHISTORIC PERIOD
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ART OF THE HISTORIC PERIOD 1770s TO 1940s 21
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THEMES AND SUBJECTS IN INUIT ART
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About the author (1998)

Ingo was co-ordinator of the Inuit Art Section of the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. He has curated exhibitions and published numerous articles on Inuit Art.

Dieter T. Hessel is Director of the Program on Ecology, Justice and Faith.

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