Contemporary Arctic Expeditions

Like their predecessors, many contemporary artists organize their own journeys or join government-sponsored expeditions. Although they often use new media and art-making strategies, many continue to interpret the polar regions in the ways pioneered by early artists. Fascinated by historical expeditions, artists sometimes trace the routes of these voyages or shatter the myths surrounding their legacy.

Doris McCarthy (Canadian, 1910–2010), Iceberg Fantasy, 1978, Private Collection.

Doris McCarthy, inspired by Lawren Harris, traveled to the Arctic forty years later and painted more than sixty icescapes.


Top Banner Image: Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, Ice Lens, Svalbard Archipelago, 2005, Inkjet Print