“Vanishing Ice” at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington.

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“Vanishing Ice” at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington.
"Alpine and polar landscapes in art 1775-2012” is the subtitle of the exhibition that showcases the rich cultural legacy of the planet’s frozen frontiers.. The exhibition offers another perspective on “Why ice matters”.

At the Whatcom Museum Bellingham, Washington, in the famous “Lightcatcher”, LEED Silver building designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the 400-year timeline gives us a fascinating glimpse of the world of ice through the eyes of artists.

The exhibition encourages visitors to value preservation of these important landscapes for making earth a hospitable place for life, showcasing them from the artistic perspective, to set up a personal connection between the audience and these habitats. The beauty of ice is documented chronologically and artistically by paintings and photographs.

A journey that sets out from the Alpine landscapes and then moves to the Arctic and the Antarctic and even studies Washington State’s changing climate.

The exhibition will also be touring to museums in Texas and Canada. It has its own siteo, a catalogue and lots of related events that explore climate change further.

Exhibition: Vanishing Ice. Alpine and Polar landscapes in Art, 1775-2012, http://www.vanishing-ice.org/
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Dates: 3 November 2013 – 2 March 2014
Images courtesy of Whatcom Museum
Museum link: http://www.whatcommuseum.org/

- Alexis Rockman American, b. 1962 Adelies, 2008 Oil on wood 68 x 80 in. (172.72 x 203.2 cm) Collection of Robin and Steven Arnold 
- Rockwell Kent American, 1882–1971 Resurrection Bay, Alaska, c. 1939 Oil on canvas on board 28 x 44 1⁄2 in. (71.1 x 113 cm) Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington. Museum Purchase, 1998.010 Rights courtesy Plattsburgh State Art Museum, State University of New York, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. All rights reserved. 
- Herbert Ponting British, 1870–1935 Grotto in berg, Terra Nova in the distance. Taylor and Wright (interior), January 5, 1911 Platinum print made in 2009 from the original negative 31.50 x 22.83 in. (80 x 58 cm) © Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England 
- Lawren Harris Canadian, 1885–1970 Isolation Peak, Rocky Mountains, 1930 Oil on canvas 42 x 50 in. (106.7 x 127 cm) Hart House Permanent Collection University of Toronto, Purchased by the Art Committee with income from the Harold and Murray Wrong Memorial Fund, 1946 
- Lita Albuquerque American, b. 1946 Stellar Axis, Constellation 1, 2006 Archival inkjet print by Jean de Pomereu 20 3⁄4 x 47 1⁄4 in. (53 x 120 cm) Whatcom Museum, Gift of Jean de Pomereu, 2013.17.2
- David Buckland British, b. 1949 Burning Ice, 2004–5 Archival inkjet print of projection on the wall of a glacier 24 x 32 in. (60.96 x 81.28 cm) Courtesy of the artist 
- Len Jenshel American, b. 1949 Narsaq Sound, Greenland, 2001 C-print 26 x 30 in. (66 x 76 cm) Courtesy of the artist and Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA 
- Jean de Pomereu French, b. 1969 Fissure 2 (Antarctica) from Sans Nom, 2008 Archival inkjet print 42. x 50 3/4 in. (107 x 129 cm) Whatcom Museum, Gift of the artist, 2013.17.1 


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