01 Jan 2013 - 24 Feb 2013
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Deeply engaged in Anishinabek traditions, Carl Beam (1943-2005) is renowned for his photography and collage in an aesthetic more akin to the expressive layering of Rauschenberg than the traditional forms of Anishinabek “Woodland School” painters.
In 1986, he became the first artist of Native ancestry to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as contemporary art, thus opening the door for a generation of Native artists to enter.
The exhibition features approximately 50 of Beam’s most remarkable works from his three decades career and illustrates the wide-ranging physicality of his work, from his large-scale paintings, to his ceramics, constructions, and videotapes.
Carl Beam. The North American Iceberg, 1985. acrylic, photo-serigraph, and graphite on Plexiglas, 213.6 × 374.1 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC