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April 01, 2005

Contemporary Northwest Coast Art is a Significant Addition to Burke Museum’s Collections

Seattle— The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture has received an extraordinary donation of over 400 pieces of Native American art from the collection of Arthur Steinman. The strength of the Steinman collection is its contemporary First Nations art from the Pacific Northwest Coast, including 132 masks, 42 argillite sculptures, 37 prints, drawings and collages, and many bowls, rattles, drums, boxes, garments, panels and figural sculptures. In addition, 31 contemporary Inuit pieces, and 49 Native American baskets are included.

The Burke Museum’s ethnology collection has long been known for its strength in nineteenth century Northwest Coast art. More recently, the Blackman-Hall and Simon Ottenberg collections of contemporary silk screen prints have strengthened its 20th century Native art holdings. With the addition of the Steinman collection, the Burke’s contemporary Native art collection has been significantly improved, making the Burke collection of Northwest Coast art one of the most important collections of its kind in the world.

The works of 155 contemporary artists is represented in the Steinman collection. These include many well-known artists such as Hyacinth Joe David, Robert and Reg Davidson, Susan Point, Art Thompson, Richard and Calvin Hunt, Don Yeomans, and Kenojuak Ahsevak. The collection also includes many up-and-coming artists such as Douglas David, Klatle-Bhi, Jay Simeon, and Andrea Wilbur-Sigo.

Mr. Steinman is a Florida resident who has for many years collected a wide range of arts, from photography to African art. He began acquiring Northwest Coast pieces in 1999. Steinman ultimately selected the Burke Museum as the recipient of this collection because of its international reputation in the field of Northwest Coast art. He was particularly interested in the Burke’s unique ability as a University-based institution to make this collection accessible to the general public as well as to scholars and students for research purposes.
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