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Four Musk Oxen

Arts of the Americas

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.
MEDIUM Stencil (sealskin), paper
DATES 1959
DIMENSIONS 11 15/16 x 21 15/16 in. (30.3 x 55.8 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed, "Oshaweetuk" and his seal
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
EDITION Edition: 30/32
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Osheetok Ipeeli, courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts
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CAPTION Osuitok Ipeelee (1923-2005). 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_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 60.58.2_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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Osuitok Ipeelee (1923-2005). <em>Four Musk Oxen</em>, 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_PS2.jpg)