WAG Features Baker Lake Carvings
Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 25, 2014: The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to present Baker Lake Carvings, an exhibition that invites visitors to come face-to-face with spectacular Inuit works in stone. On view now until March 8, 2015, this show lets the objects to lead the exploration, with the artwork carrying the viewer to the next stage of discovery.
“The works in this exhibition come from the WAG’s premier collection of contemporary Inuit art, the largest of its kind in the world with over 13,000 pieces,” explains Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO and the exhibition curator. “Popular with adults and school groups of all ages, showcasing the WAG’s Inuit art collection is paramount as we develop our new Inuit Art Centre.”
“My trips to the Arctic are highlighted by my visits with the artists, spending time in their homes and studios, and being close to their work,” comments Borys. “Returning to Winnipeg, I often find myself in the WAG’s Inuit art vaults seeking out pieces by the artists I have just met.”
Small distinctions can help shift the perspective from the south to the north – and into the hands of the maker. For example, Inuit artists who work in stone, bone, or antler call themselves and their work carvers and carvings rather than sculptors and sculptures.
Baker Lake Carvings features the work of twelve Baker Lake artists, whose careers span the last five decades, the earliest piece from 1960 and the most recent from 2002. Solitary figures and family groups along with hunting and domestic activities dominate the themes. The carvings are bold in their sculptural gestures, minimal in form, compact, unpolished, and filled with the images and stories of the people and the land.
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