Na­tional Gallery of Canada

Ot­tawa, On­tario

Inuit Art Quarterly - - PORTFOLIO -

Cu­ra­tor(s): Chris­tine Lalonde, As­so­ciate Cu­ra­tor, In­dige­nous Art

Num­ber of works: 2,000 Inuit

First work(s): The first sculp­tures were ac­quired in 1956, while Alan Jarvis was the Di­rec­tor. He was an im­me­di­ate sup­porter of Inuit art and ac­tive mem­ber on the first Cana­dian Eskimo Art Com­mit­tee.

Re­cent ac­qui­si­tion(s): Ja­masee Pit­se­o­lak, My Sec­ond Grader (2010); Igah Hainnu, Bee (c. 2014-15); Ju­tai Toonoo (19592015), Time (You Will Run Out) (2013); Tim Pit­si­u­lak (1967-2016) My New Hero GoPro 4 (2015).

Sig­nif­i­cant exhibition­s: The NGC has been ex­hibit­ing Inuit art for decades, start­ing with the first show, Eskimo Art, in 1951, Pudlo: Thirty Years of Draw­ing (1990), the first solo show for an Inuit artist at the gallery, and Uu­tu­rautiit: Cape Dorset Cel­e­brates 50 Years of Print­mak­ing (2009).

In­ter­est­ing/unique/sur­pris­ing works in the col­lec­tion: Three sculp­tures by Olive Ma­mak In­nakat­sik (1915-1994) from 1978—Bear with Catch, Wolf with Catch and Cari­bou Head—are small enough to hold in hand, with ex­quis­ite ivory parts, such as the fish in the bear’s mouth.

In 2017, with the re­name of its per­ma­nent col­lec­tion wing to the Cana­dian and In­dige­nous Gal­leries and the wing’s ren­o­va­tion for the first time in 30 years, Inuit artists will take their place among their con­tem­po­raries, in­clud­ing Paul-Émile Bor­d­uas and Jean-Paul Riopelle. This trans­for­ma­tion will con­tinue through­out the Con­tem­po­rary Gal­leries, in­clud­ing a ded­i­cated space to new di­rec­tions in Inuit art. The NGC’s spe­cial exhibition­s will also show the strong pres­ence of Inuit art through the in­ter­na­tional In­dige­nous quin­quen­nial show in 2018 and in fea­tured solo shows, such as Nick

Sikkuark (1943-2013) in 2019. The mo­men­tum is grow­ing for Inuit art at the Na­tional Gallery of Canada! — CL

An­nie Pootoo­gook (19692016 Kin­ngait) Un­der­wear 2006 Coloured pen­cil and felt pen 50.8 x 65.8 cm Na­tional Gallery of Canada

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