Rich and Kim Read­ing

Lau­rel, MD

Inuit Art Quarterly - - COLLECTING GUIDE -

“If there’s an artist that makes work that res­onates with you, don’t over­think it. The premise of col­lect­ing art is to have it in your home and to en­joy it ev­ery­day.” RICH AND KIM READ­ING

We stum­bled across the work of Abra­ham Anghik Ruben through some im­ages on­line and were im­me­di­ately cap­ti­vated by his pieces that fo­cus on the Norse and Inuit con­nec­tion. How­ever, it wasn’t un­til his ex­hi­bi­tion at the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion in 2012 that the door re­ally opened for us to find Ki­pling Gallery and to es­tab­lish our re­la­tion­ship as pa­trons. Rich saw the ex­hi­bi­tion three times. When we be­gan col­lect­ing Abra­ham’s work, we were al­ready col­lec­tors of other Inuit art, but for about the past five years, it’s re­ally been all about him. Abra­ham has the abil­ity to tell en­tire sto­ries with mul­ti­ple chap­ters in his sculp­tures. He tunes into the world—the uni­verse—at a dif­fer­ent level. In the en­su­ing years, we’ve spent time with him and would count him as a friend. He’s been in our home, and, in turn, we’ve trav­elled to see var­i­ous ex­hi­bi­tions of his work. If there’s an artist that makes work that res­onates with you, don’t over­think it. The premise of col­lect­ing art is to have it in your home and to en­joy it ev­ery­day. It should cre­ate mu­sic in you. That’s what should drive you on­ward.

04 The so­lar­ium in Rich and Kim Read­ing’s home ex­clu­sively fea­tures sculp­tures by Abra­ham Anghik Ruben

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