Visual Art Have There Been Any Great Artists from Alaska?
posted by September 25 at 15:29 PMon
I was about to say no, there’s no Alaskan whose artistic contribution to the world could offset the freak show that is Sarah Palin (the woman makes Katie Couric look like Sam Spade!).
Who’re the candidates?
The guy who did this? (Eustace Ziegler)
This self-proclaimed “most popular” artist of Alaska? (Rie Muñoz)
No, they do not do it. But then I remembered walking up Jackson Street the other night and doing a double-take at a slab of something pink and glowing in a storefront window. It was Stonington Gallery, specializing in native art and especially the glorious Haida and Tlingit traditions. The traditions aren’t exactly associated in my mind with the statehood of Alaska, so I was going to disqualify them on that count. But I suppose Alaska-the-land (if not Alaska-the-state) at least deserves credit for helping to inspire and sustain those artists.
And anyway, contemporary Eskimo carvers can be pretty freaking amazing. Check out this narwhal on a killer-whale tooth base by Paul Rookook:
The guy who made that seems like a badass. Like maybe he even has some foreign-policy experience. Paul Rookook for VP?