Inuit Prints: Japanese Inspiration
Featuring exquisite and extraordinarily rare Inuit and Japanese prints from the late 1950s and early 1960s, this exhibition tells the little-known story of how, fifty years ago, the Canadian artist and “discoverer” of Inuit art, James Houston, traveled to Japan to study printmaking with one of the leading printmakers, Hiratsuka Un’ichi.
Through his apprenticeship at Hiratsuka’s studio, Houston learned new print techniques which he brought to artists in Cape Dorset upon returning to the north in 1959. The five original artists in the Cape Dorset studio selectively borrowed and actively transformed these Japanese influences, adapting “foreign” print methods—inventing new ones—to fit their local circumstances. Cape Dorset released its first official collection of prints in the fall of 1959, the start of a fifty-year artistic odyssey.
Content : 49 original graphic works on paper: Cape Dorset prints from 1959 to 1962, hand printed works on paper by Japanese master printmakers (including Hiratuka Un’ichi), drawings and prints by James Houston; Graphic panels including reproductions of historical photos and texts in English, French, Japanese and Inuktitut; Printmaking artifacts; A specially edited DVD.
Space Required : 140 m² (1,500 ft²) or 62 linear m (202 linear ft)
Loan Fees : Starting at $8,000 shipping included
Availability : 2011 - 2014
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Where is this exhibition travelling?
|Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver||June 27, 2011 - September 26, 2011|
|Japanese Canadian National Museum, Burnaby||October 11, 2011 - December 3, 2011|
|Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg||May 12, 2012 - August 6, 2012|
|Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre, Timmins||February 11, 2013 - April 7, 2013|