The Way of Inuit Art: Aesthetics and History in and Beyond the Arctic

Overview

Inuit art, both ancient and contemporary, has inspired the interest of scholars, collectors and art lovers around the globe. This book examines Inuit art from prehistory to the present with special attention to methodology and aesthetics, exploring the ways in which it has been influenced by and has influenced non-Inuit artists and scholars.

Part One gives the history of the main art-producing prehistoric traditions in the North American arctic, concentrating on the Dorset who ...

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Overview

Inuit art, both ancient and contemporary, has inspired the interest of scholars, collectors and art lovers around the globe. This book examines Inuit art from prehistory to the present with special attention to methodology and aesthetics, exploring the ways in which it has been influenced by and has influenced non-Inuit artists and scholars.

Part One gives the history of the main art-producing prehistoric traditions in the North American arctic, concentrating on the Dorset who once flourished in the Canadian region. It also demonstrates the influence of theories such as evolutionism, diffusionism, ethnographic comparison, and shamanism on the interpretation of prehistoric Inuit art.

Part Two demonstrates the influence of such popular theories as nationalism, primitivism, modernism, and postmodernism on the aesthetics and representation of twentieth-century Canadian Inuit art. This discussion is supported by interviews conducted with Inuit artists. A final chapter shows the presence of Inuit art in the mainstream multi-cultural environment, with a discussion of its influence on Canadian artist Nicola Wojewoda. The work also presents various Inuit artists' reactions to Wojewoda's work."

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Catholic Library World
Emily Auger...does a great service...extensively researched volume...copious endnotes.
Choice
Comprehensive, well-written...a welcome addition to any collection...highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786464128
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Pages: 319
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily E. Auger (Ph.D.) has graduate degrees in History in Art and English Literature from the University of Victoria and has taught art history in Canadian and American universities for over twenty years. Her monographs include The Way of Inuit Art: Aesthetics in and Beyond the Arctic (2005) and Tarot and Other Mediation Decks: History, Theory, Aesthetics (2004). She is a contributor to the anthology King Arthur in Popular Culture (2002) and has published papers on interlace and Alan Lee's Lord of the Rings' illustrations, genre and Pre-Raphaelitism in Lady Audley's Secret, and other subjects.

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Table of Contents

1 Arctic traditions
2 Shamanistic traditions
3 Dorset and Thule traditions in Canada
4 Historic Inuit art
5 Western aesthetics and Inuit art
6 Interviews with Inuit artists
7 Art by Nicola Wojewoda and Iuit artists' responses to it
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