Four Musk Oxen
Arts of the Americas
On View: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor
Osuitok Ipeelee created this lively print of four musk oxen racing across the frozen tundra. It was part of the first graphics collection produced by Cape Dorset Graphics of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, an organization started by James Houston (an artist and Northern Services Officer of the Canadian government) in 1959 to secure recognition of Inuit artists and economic opportunities for Native people. The prints of the collection were produced by an Inuit committee from drawings submitted by Native men and women. The first exhibition of thirty-nine prints toured Canada and the United States to great critical acclaim, leading to a continuation of the printmaking program, which is still active today.
Stencil (sealskin), paper
11 15/16 x 21 15/16 in. (30.3 x 55.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed, "Oshaweetuk" and his seal
Dick S. Ramsay Fund
Osuitok Ipeelee (1922-2005). Four Musk Oxen, 1959. Stencil (sealskin), paper, 11 15/16 x 21 15/16 in. (30.3 x 55.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 60.58.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 60.58.2_bw_SL1.jpg)
overall, 60.58.2_bw_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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