Win­nipeg Art Gallery

Win­nipeg, Man­i­toba

Inuit Art Quarterly - - PORTFOLIO -

Cu­ra­tor(s): Dar­lene Coward Wight, Cu­ra­tor of Inuit Art

Num­ber of works: 13,000+ Inuit, 7,300 on loan from the Gov­ern­ment of Nu­navut

First work(s): Five sculp­tural works from Inukjuak were ac­quired in 1957 by for­mer WAG Di­rec­tor Fer­di­nand Eck­hardt, in­clud­ing Mother Sew­ing Kamik (Skin Boot) (1954) by Pin­nie Nak­tialuk (1930-1969).

Re­cent ac­qui­si­tion(s): A se­lec­tion of draw­ings from Kin­ngait (Cape Dorset) by Pud­loo Sa­mayualie, Ooloosie Saila and Ningiukulu Teevee, in­clud­ing a stun­ning new work ti­tled There’s No Ex­cuse for Abuse (2017).

Sig­nif­i­cant exhibition­s: Group shows in­clude Early Mas­ters: Inuit Sculp­ture 1949-1955 (2006), Out of Tra­di­tion: Abra­ham Anghik/David Ruben Piq­toukun (1989) and Art & Ex­pres­sion of the Net­si­lik (2000). Ma­jor solo exhibition­s in­clude Na­pachie Pootoo­gook (2004), co-cu­rated with Les­lie Boyd, and, most re­cently, Oviloo Tun­nil­lie: A Woman’s Story in Stone (2016).

In­ter­est­ing/unique/sur­pris­ing works in the col­lec­tion: Our re­cent ac­qui­si­tion by Ningiukulu Teevee, There’s No Ex­cuse for Abuse, is an un­usual and pow­er­ful ex­am­ple of so­cial com­men­tary by the artist in its cri­tique of spousal abuse and other de­tails of ever­day Inuit life.

In 2017, the Win­nipeg Art Gallery will open a solo ex­hi­bi­tion of Ningiukulu Teevee’s graphic works at the Cana­dian Em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Later in the year, we will open an ex­hi­bi­tion of works by Pi­taloosie Saila, RCA, guest cu­rated by Su­san Gus­tavi­son. To show­case the Gov­ern­ment of Nu­navut Fine Art Col­lec­tion, Di­rec­tor Stephen Bo­rys along with Ed­uardo de Silva will cu­rate sev­eral key works in the new Iqaluit air­port, in­clud­ing a se­ries of mu­rals that will be painted in the ro­tunda. Be­yond this we will have SakKi­jâjuk: Art and Craft from Nu­natsi­avut at the gallery in 2019 and also all of the plan­ning around the Inuit Art Cen­tre! – DCW

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