Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum

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In one short decade, Dan and Martha Albrecht have put together one of the finest private collections of Inuit art ever assembled– nearly 4,000 pieces, most of which they generously donated to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. In Arctic Spirit, writer and sculptor Ingo Hessel, the Albrechts’ main advisor, presents the best of these works, 190 sculptures, prints, drawings, and textiles, from prehistoric carvings to contemporary mixed media, and including works from Siberia, Greenland, Alaska, and the Inuit heartland of northern Canada.

“Inuit art is free of Western artistic rules and conventions,” explain the Albrechts. “It comes from the heart and tells its stories in clear, unpretentious, uncluttered tones. It is truly of ‘the people’, their wisdom, their experience– and we have become believers.”

Arctic Spirit is arranged according to major themes — the land, animals, everyday life, the supernatural — gathering together great works in different styles and materials. Short essays on Inuit culture, contemporary art, and the major artistic ‘schools’ of Inuit art complement the 200 colour colour photos. And close to half of the extensive text is in the words of the artists, more than thirty of whom have provided lengthy commentaries and autobiographical details especically for this publication.

Published in 2006

Hardcover

11.75 x 10 x 1"

$65.00 CAD

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In one short decade, Dan and Martha Albrecht have put together one of the finest private collections of Inuit art ever assembled– nearly 4,000 pieces, most of which they generously donated to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. In Arctic Spirit, writer and sculptor Ingo Hessel, the Albrechts’ main advisor, presents the best of these works, 190 sculptures, prints, drawings, and textiles, from prehistoric carvings to contemporary mixed media, and including works from Siberia, Greenland, Alaska, and the Inuit heartland of northern Canada.

“Inuit art is free of Western artistic rules and conventions,” explain the Albrechts. “It comes from the heart and tells its stories in clear, unpretentious, uncluttered tones. It is truly of ‘the people’, their wisdom, their experience– and we have become believers.”

Arctic Spirit is arranged according to major themes — the land, animals, everyday life, the supernatural — gathering together great works in different styles and materials. Short essays on Inuit culture, contemporary art, and the major artistic ‘schools’ of Inuit art complement the 200 colour colour photos. And close to half of the extensive text is in the words of the artists, more than thirty of whom have provided lengthy commentaries and autobiographical details especically for this publication.

Published in 2006

Hardcover

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