22 October 2010 - 16 January 2011
In 1986, Carl Beam's The North American Iceberg became known as the first work by a First Nations artist to be purchased by the National Gallery of Canada for the collection of contemporary art, thus opening the door for a new generation of First Nations artists to enter.
From 22 October to 16 January, the Gallery is featuring 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, sculpture and constructions, to ceramics and video.
Deeply engaged in Anishinaabek traditions, Carl Beam (1943-2005) is renowned for an aesthetic more akin to the expressive layering of Rauschenberg than the traditional forms of Anishinaabek "Woodland School" painters.
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.