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The Arctic Image

January 17 to June 7, 2009

Canada’s North, a land of vast beauty, is rich in culture and artistic traditions. The Arctic Image exhibition re-opening at the McMichael on January 17, 2009 re-examines Canada’s North from two distinct artistic perspectives: the Inuit people who lived there for generations, and those who came much later and experienced it as an unknown environment.

The exhibition, consisting of over thirty works—paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and photographs—from the McMichael’s permanent collection, and Cape Dorset
collection, will examine the importance of the Arctic in relation to the Group of Seven and Inuit artists. Juxtaposing works by the Group of Seven artists with those of leading Inuit artists, the exhibition explores the expressiveness and vibrancy of Inuit culture, the spiritual vision of visiting southern artists, and the resulting cultural cross-influences.

Exhibition merchandise

Journey Into Fantasy by Pudlo Pudlat

Pudlo Pudlat, (1916-1992)
Journey Into Fantasy, 1983
stonecut and stencil on paper
63.3 x 86.2 cm
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Reproduced with the permission of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, Cape Dorset, Nunavut

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