Douglas & McIntyre
Creation and Transformation

Book details:

November 2012
ISBN 978-1-92681-289-2
Hardcover
10" x 14"
240 pages
125 colour photographs, 12 b&w photographs
Art / Aboriginal Art
$65.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Creation and Transformation

Defining Moments in Inuit Art

The treasures of the world's largest public collection of Inuit art are revealed in this seminal history of art from the Arctic.

The collection of Inuit art held by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, one of Canada's most important public galleries, is extraordinary by any standard: its geographic range, diverse media and size have brought international renown to the collection of some 11,000 artworks. The wag celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012-13 and this book, as well as a major exhibition in January 2013, will feature many of the gallery's treasures as it marks this important milestone.

Creation and Transformation is a major art book that describes the genesis and evolution of contemporary Inuit art from 1949 to the present day: from carvers in the 1950s, such as Johnny Inukpuk, to later storytellers in stone, such as Davidialuk Alasua Amittu, and in whale bone such as Karoo Ashevak; from pioneer graphic artist Jessie Oonark, to graphic artists working today in new and personal idioms, such as Shuvinai Ashoona. The book is a celebration of creativity that has had many transformations over six decades.

Organized chronologically, this remarkable volume will constitute a new historical narrative of a contemporary art form as revealed in essays by international authorities led by Winnipeg Art Gallery's curator of Inuit art, Darlene Coward Wight, and explored through the personal insights of the artists themselves. Expertly designed and produced, this book features 150 colour and archival images.

Exhibition Dates

Winnipeg Art Gallery — January 24 to April 7, 2013

About the Authors

Darlene Coward Wight

Darlene Coward Wight

Darlene Coward Wight has been Curator of Inuit Art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery since 1986 and in that time has curated seventy-five exhibitions, some of ...

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Susan Gustavison

Susan Gustavison has been a freelance curator of Inuit art for more than ten years. She is the author and co-author of numerous exhibition catalogues, ...

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Ingo Hessel

Ingo Hessel began working with Inuit art at the federal government’s Inuit Art Information Centre in 1983. He has taught Inuit art courses at the university ...

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Christine Lalonde

Christine Lalonde is a curator and art historian who has worked with Inuit artists since the mid-1990s and is currently the Associate Curator of Indigenous ...

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Norman Vorano

Norman Vorano is the Curator of Contemporary Inuit Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. He completed his PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies ...

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