Arctic Spirit: Inuit Art from the Albrecht Collection at the Heard Museum by Ingo Hessel
4to. pp. xvi, 240. profusely illustrated. bibliography. index. hardcover boards. dw. Phoenix: Heard Museum and Douglas & McIntyre, .
ISBN-10: 1553651898 / ISBN-13: 9781553651895
This astonishing overview of Inuit art features the voices and life stories of dozens of the most important Arctic artists, showcasing the vitality and diversity of an enduring tradition.
In less than a decade, Dan and Martha Albrecht have put together the finest collection of Inuit art ever assembled -- more than four thousand pieces, all of which they have donated to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
In Arctic Spirit, Canadian writer Ingo Hessel, the Albrechts' mentor and main advisor, presents the best of these works -- nearly 200 sculpture, prints, drawings and fabrics, from prehistoric carvings to contemporary mixed media. The book is arranged according to the major themes in Inuit art. More than half of the extensive text is in the words of the artists themselves.