Saturday, May 14, 2011

Inuit art collector: mythical soap stone, quartz, bone and ivory tusk carvings | GuelphMercury

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GuelphMercury - Inuit art collector gives 200 works to Guelph:

"Soon after opening her Up the Wall shop in Toronto in 1969, selling handmade items to St. Lawrence Market patrons, Borins realized that Inuit art was under-represented in the cultural life of the metropolis. She made her first trips to the north and became obsessed with the people and their creations, buying only what she felt were very good pieces.

“Each piece has its own story,” she said, referring to the extraordinary array of objects she — along with her children, Sandy, Michael and Irene — recently donated to the gallery. Some 200 objects, from the petite to the hefty, are now on permanent display, everything from tiny ivory spoons and carved bird’s teeth, to mythological animal sculptures and human figures symbolizing local legends and customs. Borins estimates the gift is valued at roughly $250,000 in today’s market."
Beverley Ludwig Borins (centre), a Leading Inuit Art collector and dealer, has donated a major collection of Inuit art objects to the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Gallery director-curator Judith Nasby (left) and Inuit art consultant Heather Beecroft were on hand to talk about the impressive donation Tuesday at the gallery.

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