JOYCE WIELAND "ARTIST OF CAPE DORSET" LITHO, 1979
Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) was one of the many stars of Toronto's legendary Isaac's Gallery.
While Av Isaacs was renowned for launching and promoting the careers on many notable Canadian artists (including Michael Snow and Greg Curnoe) he was also very active in the realm on Inuit art.
His gallery became an important venue in Toronto for various cultural activities, such a poetry readings, and various multi-disciplinary events.
Through the gallery Wieland was able to meet several female artists from the Canadian North - including Jessie Oonark and Sorosiluto Ashoona - who is commemorated in this iconic work.
This work is also the result of Wieland's first visit to Cape Dorset in 1979 to the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op.
Feminism and nationalism are significant themes in Wieland's oeuvre and this work is an important intersection of these concepts. It also underscores the necessity of integrating Native artwork into the canon of 20th century Canadian art rather than treating it as a separate entity.
This work can be found in many public collections including the Museum London
Click here to see another example of Joyce Wieland's quirky Canadian feminism.
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"Sorosiluto, Artist of Cape Dorset"
Signed, numbered and dated '79 by the artist.
From an edition of 50
15"H 12"W (work - visible)
22.5"H 21"W (framed)
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