Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: Through March 30, 2014

 

First New York Exhibition of Original Drawings from Cape Dorset

 

Cape Dorset, the Capital of Inuit Art, is a settlement of 1300 Inuit located on the southwest corner of Baffin Island 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle.  It has a thriving artistic community, and is known both for beautiful stone sculptures and for graphic arts.

 

 Itee Pootoogook, Sun Rise, 2011 Colored pencil, 25 9/16 x 19 5/8 in. (65 x 50 cm)

 

New York, New York (March 3, 2014) - For the first time, Alaska on Madison presents an exhibition of original one-of-a-kind drawings from Cape Dorset. Views from the North: Drawings from Cape Dorset will be on view through March 30.
 
Cape Dorset, the Capital of Inuit Art, is a settlement of 1300 Inuit located on the southwest corner of Baffin Island 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle.  It has a thriving artistic community, and is known both for beautiful stone sculptures and for graphic arts.  Since 1959, Cape Dorset has released an annual collection of limited edition prints, primarily stonecuts, stencils and lithographs.  Drawings were made to work out the design of the prints, and were generally rough pencil drawings.
 
In recent years, however, a younger generation of artists have been creating drawings that are fully realized works of art. Through their drawings, the rising generation of artists is grappling with current issues, like global warming and the relationship between traditional ways and 21st century reality.  The drawings employ a range of media, including pencil, oilstick, pastels and acrylics.
 
The exhibit presents realistic, abstract and fantasy views of the Arctic landscape.   As a group, the drawings speak of a beautiful, if austere, environment.  Itee Pootoogook’s Sunrise (pictured) evokes the vastness of the Arctic and the interplay of light on rock and water.  The exhibit can be previewed at
www.alaskaonmadison.com/exhibition/10/exhibition_works/list
 
Alaska on Madison is a gallery of indigenous Northern art run by collectors for collectors. For more than 30 years, their principal areas of interest have been Inuit art, Northwest Coast art, 19th century Alaskan artifacts, and Old Bering Sea artifacts, but they also offer selected items of other Native American art and jewelry.

 

Alaska on Madison Gallery is located at 1065 Madison Avenue (between 80th and 81st Sts.), Second Floor, New York, NY. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1:30-6:00 pm.
 
Web: www.alaskaonmadison.com, Email: alaskaonmadison@gmail.com, Phone: 212 879 1782

Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (Unsuspected depths), 2011 Graphite, coloured pencil and pentel pen on paper, 30 x 49 in. (76.2 x 124.5 cm)

 

Tim Pitsiulak, Untitled (Boat with net and kelp) Graphite, coloured pencil and pentel pen on paper, 22 x 29 in. (56 x 73.8 cm)

 

Itee Pootoogook, Cape Dorset, 2011 Graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 19 9/16 x 25 1/2 in. (49.8 x 64.9 cm)

 

 

 Contact & Media Visits  

 

Media Contact: Ann Lesk

Email: alaskaonmadison@gmail.com

Phone: 2128791782

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Alaska on Madison, Inc.

1065 Madison Avenue, New York, New York, 10028

Web: www.alaskaonmadison@gmail.com

 

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First New York Exhibition of Original Drawings from Cape Dorset

New York, New York (March 3, 2014) - For the first time, Alaska on Madison presents an exhibition of original one-of-a-kind drawings from Cape Dorset. Views from the North: Drawings from Cape Dorset will be on view through March 30. Cape Dorset, the Capital of Inuit Art, is a settlement of 1300 Inuit located  200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It has a thriving artistic community, and is known both for beautiful stone sculptures and for graphic arts. In recent years, through their drawings younger artists have been  grappling with current issues, like global warming and the relationship between traditional ways and 21st century reality.  The exhibit presents realistic, abstract and fantasy views of the Arctic landscape.  As a group, the drawings speak of a beautiful, if austere, environment.  Alaska on Madison Gallery is located at 1065 Madison Avenue (between 80th and 81st Sts.), Second Floor, New York, NY. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1:30-6:00 pm.   Web: www.alaskaonmadison.com, Email: alaskaonmadison@gmail.com, Phone: 212 879 1782

 

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