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Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with Dorset Fine Arts
In 2009, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, celebrated fifty years of printmaking at the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Ltd. Kinngait Studios has provided an outlet for artists to create and market their art, dramatically changing the destiny of Cape Dorset. The studios and the Northern community of Cape Dorset are know around the world for the magnificent prints
This exhibition of some 80 works pairs the most recent and innovative work with the complete 1959 inaugural collection. Extremely rare, the latter has been re-assembled for the first time in five decades. “The prints in the 1959 collection are remarkable in their elegance and outstanding print quality,” states Christine Lalonde, Associate Curator.
The exhibition gives equal weight to the present, as it includes work of recent years. The exhibition represents a culmination of five decades of diverse styles and techniques tried at Cape Dorset. Works represent a mix of elder, established, and emerging artists. Similarly, in the spirit of representing the inclusiveness of Kinngait Studies, one work by every artist who contributed to the past five annual collections has been included.
For the past 50 years, the artists of Kinngait Studios have combined their skill and artistry in a fascinating and prolific body of work that defines their commitment to experimentation. The world is fascinated by these artists. There continues to be an enthusiasm for their immense talent and their ability to create.
Source: Uuturautiit Cape Dorset 1959, 2009, Christine Lalonde, Associate Curator, Indigenous Arts, and Leslie Boyd Ryan, Manager, Dorset Fine Arts.
VIP and Members Reception: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm