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Conversations with Inuit Modern artists

April 18th, 2011

Michael Massie, A Cool Breeze Blew Up My Back

On April 1, 2011 the AGO invited six leading artists to participate in an online symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Inuit Modern.  Conversations with Kenojuak Ashevak, Mattiusi Iyaituk, Jimmy Manning, David Ruben Piqtoukun, Mike Massie and Tim Pitsiulak provide valuable insights into inspiration, process, and the challenges of  achieving and sharing their artistic visions. Video of all three sessions is now available online:

Reigning Queen of the Inuit Art World

March 15th, 2011

Kenojuak Ashevak is one of ten Inuit artists travelling to Toronto for the Art Gallery of Ontario’s April 2nd  Inuit Modern Symposium, held to mark the opening of Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection. Inuit artists and thinkers will gather to discuss the contemporary realities of Inuit life and culture.

Kenojuak Ashevak has created some of the most instantly recognizable works of Inuit art, beginning with her 1960 iconic print, The Enchanted Owl. She starred in a 1963 National Film Board documentary, Eskimo Artist: Kenojuak.  The film was shot in spring 1962, and Kenojuak later revealed that the igloo featured in the film had to be constructed out of styrofoam because the snow was too soft. Presently living and working in Cape Dorset, her home since 1966,  Kenojuak continues her prolific pursuit of graphic media, both drawings and prints, in addition to making time for family and travel.

Inuit Modern book launch with Gerald McMaster

October 26th, 2010

Inuit Modern book cover

Inuit Modern book cover. Eli Sallualu Quinuajua, Fantastic Figure, stone, darkened, 12.8 x 8.9 x 6.9 cm . © 2010 Eli Sallualu Quinuajua

Book Signing and Launch for Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection
Sunday, November 7 2010, 1–3 pm at shopAGO

shopAGO invites you to meet curators Gerald McMaster and Ingo Hessel, and other contributors to Inuit Modern as well as artists featured in the publication.

This collection situates modern Inuit art within a larger framework that reinterprets the Canadian Arctic. Essays by leading Canadian scholars in the field, including Ingo Hessel, Gerald McMaster, Robert McGhee, Christine Lalonde, Heather Igloliorte, Dorothy Eber and Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad, examine the social, political and cultural transformation through the dynamic lens of colonial influence and agency. Inuit Modern also features interviews with David Ruben Piqtoukun and Zacharias Kunuk.

Co- published by Douglas & McIntyre and the Art Gallery of Ontario, this publication is to accompany the exhibition Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection, opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario on April 2, 2011.

Exhibition organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario. Contemporary programming at the Art Gallery of Ontario is supported by Canada Council for the Arts.