Waddington’s to offer important collection of Inuit graphics in spring auction
TORONTO, April 11, 2013 /CNW/ – Waddington’s announced today it will be
offering a rare and important collection of Inuit graphics in its
Spring Inuit Art Auction. The collection is comprised of the Complete 1959 Cape Dorset Graphic Collection.
1959 represents the first time the Inuit people had publicly offered
graphic art for sale and this collection is perhaps the only complete
set in existence. This collection was most recently celebrated in the
exhibition ‘Uuturautilt: Cape Dorset Celebrates 50 Years of Printmaking’, at Canada’s National Gallery in 2009.
Duncan McLean, President of Waddington’s commented that, “There are
times in the history of art that unique conditions converge to create
extraordinary expressions of genius. People who had recently been
nomadic hunters with exquisite powers of observation created an art
form that opened a window to the wonder of the Inuit people and their
land. This collection represents one of the most nationally important
movements in the history of Canadian art.”
Artists included in the collection include: the iconic Kenojuak Ashevak,
Tudlik, Osuitok Ipeelee, Kellypalik Mangitak, Niviaxie, Kananginak
Pootoogook and Josephie Pootoogook, Lukta Qiatsuk, Kunu and Iyola
The 1959 Cape Dorset Graphic Collection carries a pre-auction estimate
of $400,000/450,000 and will be offered Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:00
Founded in 1850, Waddington’s is Canada’s leading auction house and has
been conducting auctions of Inuit Art since 1978. Waddington’s Inuit
Art specialists are considered world authorities on the subject.
Previews for the collection and the entire spring Inuit auction will be
held at Waddington’s galleries located at 275 King Street East, Toronto
on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.