COMPLEX DANCE MASK

Yup’ik
Village of Napaskiak, Kuskokwim River, Alaska 
ca. 1890–1905
wood, piaint, sinew, vegetal fibre, cotton thread, replaced feathers
height: 34˝

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CE3678

Photographs

PROVENANCE

Collected by Adams Hollis Twitchell

National Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York, NY, no. 9/3389

Acquired by Julius Carlebach, New York, NY, July 1944

Acquired by Enrico Donati, New York, NY, January 1945

Donald Ellis Gallery, New York, NY

Private collection

EXHIBITED

“The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art,” Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC; May 28 - October 2, 2011

"Moon Dancers: Yup'ik Masks and the Surrealists", Di Donna Galleries, New York, April 27 - June 29, 2018

PUBLISHED

Donald Ellis Gallery Catalogue, Toronto, 2010, pgs. 24 - 27

The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. Ades, et. al., Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2011, pg. 8

Art of the Arctic: Reflections of the Unseen (Masks), Ellis, London, Black Dog Publishing, 2015, pg. 45, pl. 8

Moon Dancers: Yup'ik Masks and the Surrealists, Field, Jennifer (Ed.), Di Donna Galleries, New York, 2018, pgs. 90-93, 141

RELATED EXAMPLES

For images of three masks by the same hand – See: Douglas, Frederic and D’Harnoncourt, Rene. Indian Art of the United States. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1941, pg. 175 and Devers, Sylvie et al. L’Art du Grande Nord. Paris: Citadelles & Mazenod, 2001, pgs. 560 and 561 (formerly NMAI 9/3409 and 9/3410 [the latter now in Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, No. 70.1999.1.1.1-3]) and The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (The Edward Carpenter Collection, New York) formerly NMAI No. 9/3428 – See: See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996, pg. 258 and Amez, Daniele (ed.). Masques Eskimo D’Alaska. Editions Amez, 1991, pgs. 160-161

For a drawing of this mask by Robert Lebel – See: Ibid: (Fienup-Riordon) pg. 263

The Beyeler Foundation, Basel, Switzerland, formerly NMAI – See: Bruderlin, Markus (ed.). Foundation Beyeler. Munich: Prestel Verlag, 1997, pg. 287, plate No. 159, Cat. no. 188 and Rubin, William. Primitivism in 20th Century Art. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1988, pg. 621

National Museum of the American Indian, New York, Cat. Nos. 9/3432, 9/3427, 9/3429, 9/3431, 9/3394 and (unknown) See: Fienup-Riordan, Ann. The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996, pgs. 173, 259, 261, 161 and 263 and Amez, Daniele (ed.). Masques Eskimo D’Alaska. Editions Amez, 1991, pgs. 170-171

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, No. 1978.417.76 (The Michael Rockefeller Collection) formerly NMAI No. 9/3393 – See: Ibid, Fienup-Riordan, pg. 170 and Rubin, William. Primitivism in 20th Century Art. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1988, pg. 84