Inuit Art: An Introduction

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The Inuit of the Canadian Arctic have created a contemporary art form that is acclaimed for its striking imagery, exquisite beauty, and occasional whimsy. In these powerful works the Inuit's unique way of life, traditional myths and beliefs, and the animals of the Arctic spring vividly to life. Inuit Art is the first book to introduce the full range of Inuit sculpture, prints, drawings, and textiles.
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The Inuit of the Canadian Arctic have created a contemporary art form that is acclaimed for its striking imagery, exquisite beauty, and occasional whimsy. In these powerful works the Inuit's unique way of life, traditional myths and beliefs, and the animals of the Arctic spring vividly to life. Inuit Art is the first book to introduce the full range of Inuit sculpture, prints, drawings, and textiles.
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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, 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
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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)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The Arctic and the Inuit 3
2 Art of the Prehistoric Period 13
3 Art of the Historic Period 1770s to 1940s 21
4 The Dawn of Contemporary Inuit Art 1949 to 1955 29
5 Themes and Subjects in Inuit Art 37
6 Sculpture: Tradition and New Directions 73
7 Graphic Arts 137
8 Textile Arts 171
9 Art and Inuit Identity 185
Notes 190
Bibliography 194
Index 197
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