Art Gallery of Ontario
Curator(s): Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art; Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator, Canadian and Indigenous Art
Number of works: 5,000+ Inuit
First work(s): One of the earliest works in the collection is Niviaksiak’s (1908-1959) sketchbook from the 1950s.
Recent acquisition(s): Three drawings by Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016) were purchased in the fall of 2016: Radio Conversation (2006), Hunter Mimics Seal (2006) and Composition (Annie Sleeping) (2006) with the assistance of the
Joan Chalmers Inuit Art Purchase Fund. Significant exhibitions: Inuit Modern: The Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection (2011), curated by Gerald McMaster and Ingo Hessel; Kenojuak Ashevak (upcoming). Interesting/unique/surprising works in the collection: Notable works include Shovelling Worlds (2013) by Shuvinai Ashoona, RCA, and Eli Sallualu Qinuajua’s (1937-2004) Fantastic Figure (1969).
Inuit art will be prominently visible in five locations throughout the AGO where the permanent collection is displayed: around Walker Court, in The Thomson Collection of Canadian Art, throughout the J.S. McLean Centre for Canadian Art, in the Samuel and Esther Sarick Gallery and in the Bovey Gallery (works on paper). — AH