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Inuit Art: An Introduction

Inuit Art: An Introduction

by Ingo Hessel, Dieter Hessel
     
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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, the fur market. Fortuitously, their carvings were discovered by the Canadian Handicrafts Guild in Montreal. Now, in some areas, 80 percent of the men and women make their living from carving and other arts. Hessel, a former arts official with the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, shows the transformation of basic native craft to the varied, imaginative, and lively art available today. In the style of many books on Native Americans now, the ethnohistory of the tribe is reviewed and the evolution of mythic representations traced. Given few raw materials -- stone, bone, fur, and some ivory in older times and now paper with watercolors, pencils, and pens -- these isolated people produce art full of life and motion and permeated with their rich mythology. Though the scale is modest for most pieces, their physicality draws in the viewer. For larger art or ethnic collections.
-- Gay Neale, Southside Virginia Community College Library, Alberta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810934764
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/1998
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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