Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Arctic Beauty: Inuit Art from Canada

Currently on view at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama is an exhibition of eighty-seven works of Inuit art. Formerly known as Eskimo, the Inuit are descended from cultures that have inhabited the Arctic regions of Canada, the United States, Greenland, and Russia for over a thousand years. The sculptures and prints on display, which date primarily from the second half of the twentieth century, reflect traditional Inuit ways of life and culture, particularly their close observation of Arctic animals, with whom they share the frozen environment. Artists in the installation include Pauta Saila (1916–2009), Lucy Tasseor (b. 1934), Barnabus Arnasungaaq (b. 1924), Karoo Ashevak (1940–1974), John Kavik (1897–1993), and Andy Miki (1918–1983), among many others.

Visit the exhibition's official website.

Information and images courtesy of the Birmingham Museum of Art

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