Art Gallery of On­tario

Toronto, On­tario

Inuit Art Quarterly - - PORTFOLIO -

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

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