Cape Dorset Sculpture is an extraordinary collection of 71 outstanding works of contemporary stone sculpture, accented with several related graphics, assembled by the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in collaboration with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative in Cape Dorset, Nunavut.
This new collection showcases the community that has had the single greatest impact on the worldwide recognition of Inuit art. Included are contemporary works by 44 leading artists, many of whom were instrumental in shaping the look and direction that Inuit art has taken over the past fifty years, plus pieces from the second- and third-generation sculptors they have inspired. Also shown are a dozen works from the early days. The introduction by Terry Ryan and text by Derek Norton and Nigel Reading provide an overview of the story of art in Cape Dorset.
"This is a welcome book for lovers of the Arctic stone sculptures."
"Cape Dorset Sculpture is an extraordinary collection of 71 outstanding works of contemporary stone sculpture...[it] is an exquisite, full-colour celebration of contemporary Cape Dorset art and the wellspring of its creative evolution."
"One of the pleasures of this book is to see the work of a new generation of artists alongside the work of elder generations."
"What is consistently striking about their work...is each artist's distinctive style and insistence on giving an original twist to traditional subjects. There is a great deal of the unexpected in the works of this 'older' generation. It is marvelous, and marvelously in synch with evolving sensibilities elsewhere in the world."