Upside Down Arctic Realities
Author: Edmund Carpenter & Anne Bahnson
Publisher/Date: Menil Collection (2011) Published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Format/Condition: New pictorial hardcover book in Fine condition. 232 pages. Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.7 inches. Lavishly illustrated in color.
Description: Based on groundbreaking new scholarship, "Upside Down: Arctic Realities" brings together ancient and modern works from the Arctic region, including major sites in Russia and Alaska. These works, from ancient periods ranging from 1000 BCE to 1400 CE, and from major sites including Ekven in Russia, Ipiutak in Alaska, and Old Bering Sea cultures, explore the relationship of the aesthetics of native cultures to their remote environment.
The featured pieces dramatically illustrate the continuing influence of centuries-old traditions in modern times and include both utilitarian and decorative items such as amulets, funerary offerings, and ceremonial masks from the Alaskan Yup'ik. Essays by leading scholars in the field explore such topics as the relationship between artist and material and between the aesthetics of native Arctic cultures and their environments.