Inuit Art: A History

Overview

Inuit-sometimes referred to as Eskimo-art is the primary art form of Canada and has a large international following, particularly in the United States, Japan, and Germany. Despite its popularity, the complete history of Inuit art has never been presented. This is the first chronological synthesis of Inuit art, following its development from prehistory, through early American and European exploration, to the recognition of Inuit art as a commercial possibility, and up to the present. There is a particular emphasis...
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Overview

Inuit-sometimes referred to as Eskimo-art is the primary art form of Canada and has a large international following, particularly in the United States, Japan, and Germany. Despite its popularity, the complete history of Inuit art has never been presented. This is the first chronological synthesis of Inuit art, following its development from prehistory, through early American and European exploration, to the recognition of Inuit art as a commercial possibility, and up to the present. There is a particular emphasis on contemporary art and artists, and the years 1950 through 1997 are each given separate, detailed treatment in regard to important shows and events. This history is appropriate both for the beginning admirer of Inuit art and for those already well immersed in it.
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"[an] extremely detailed chronology of events...likely the most extensively researched study available."
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Though specializing in sociology and gerontology, Michigan-based author and scholar Crandall was drawn to the art of Canadian natives by his wife a couple of decades ago. He here offers the first chronological synthesis of the art, following its development from prehistory, through early American and European exploration, to the recognition of it as a commercial product, and up to 1997. He emphasizes contemporary art and artists, and cites shows and events for each year since 1950 separately. He does not include illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786422753
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/24/2005
  • Pages: 483
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Veteran reference book author and college professor Richard C. Crandall lives in Michigan. He has lectured and presented papers to many professional associations, especially in the fields of sociology and gerontology. He is the coauthor of An Annotated Bibliography of Inuit Art (2001).

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Place Names 5
Abbreviations 7
Introduction 9
1 Prehistoric Inuit Art 13
2 The Historic Period of Inuit Art 21
3 Contemporary Inuit Art: An Introduction 46
4 The Early Years of Contemporary Inuit Art: August 1948 to December 1950 62
5 The Development of Inuit Art: 1951-1953 83
6 The Expansion and Legitimization of Inuit Art: 1954-1956 102
7 Expanding the Base: 1957-1961 119
8 Continuous Expansion: 1962-1969 145
9 A Decade of Exhibitions, Part I: 1970-1974 183
10 A Decade of Exhibitions, Part II: 1975-1979 209
11 The Plateau: 1980-1984 238
12 Change, Part I: 1985-1987 265
13 Change, Part II: 1988-1989 297
14 Evolution, Part I: 1990-1993 318
15 Evolution, Part II: 1994-1997 347
References 367
Index 407
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