The 2012 Inuit Art Calendar is dedicated to the work and memory of Kananginak Pootoogook, one of Cape Dorset’s most highly respected artists. The images in the calendar span Kananginak’s career of over 50 years, from “The Legend of the Blind Man and the Bear”, Kananginak’s first print, produced in collaboration with his father Pootoogook in 1959, to Angry Bear (2007) and Things I Remember, released this spring.
Cape Dorset, also known as Kinngait (pronounced “King-ite”) for its high, rolling hills, is a thriving Inuit community on the southwest coast of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut. The West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative was formed and incorporated there in 1959. The Kinngait Studios, which house the co-operative’s graphic arts program, are the longest continually running print studios in Canada. The studios are internationally renowned for excellence and innovation in Inuit graphic art.
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