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Kenojuak Ashevak, Bountiful Bird

Kenojuak Ashevak. Bountiful Bird, 1986. Stonecut and stencil, 62.5 x 83.1 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002.  © Estate of Kenojuak Ashevak.

Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak

June 16 - August 12, 2018

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EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

This summer the AGO celebrates the power of Inuit art by bringing together two extraordinary artists – Kenojuak Ashevak and her nephew Timootee (Tim) Pitsiulak – in our major exhibition of the season. Ashevak and Pitsiulak represent two generations of Inuit artists who have challenged viewers to respond to their art and the Inuit world view in new ways. The exhibition will be the first time Inuit art is showcased in the AGO’s largest exhibition space, the Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion, and will be Pitsiulak’s first major gallery retrospective. The exhibition will feature key art works and sketches by each artist, enabling visitors to appreciate the strength of drawing as an expression of Inuit cultural heritage that engages everyday life at its deepest level.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario in partnership with Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, with the support of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative.


Tim Pitsiulak, Swimming Bear

Tim Pitsiulak. Swimming Bear, 2016. India ink and coloured pencil on paper, 74.9 x 105.4 cm. Purchase, 2017. © Estate of Tim Pitsiulak.

Tim Pitsiulak, Swimming Bear
Kenojuak Ashevak, Large Bird from the Sun

Kenojuak Ashevak. Large Bird from the Sun, 1979. Stonecut and stencil, 62.5 x 83.1 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002.  © Estate of Kenojuak Ashevak.

Kenojuak Ashevak, Large Bird from the Sun
Kenojuak Ashevak, Bountiful Bird

Kenojuak Ashevak. Bountiful Bird, 1986. Stonecut and stencil, 62.5 x 83.1 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002.  © Estate of Kenojuak Ashevak.

Kenojuak Ashevak, Bountiful Bird

About the Artists

Hailing from Kinngait (previously known as Cape Dorset) Nunavut, Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013), an Order of Canada recipient, is known as the “grandmother of Inuit art.” She is famous for her fluid graphic storytelling and stunning use of magic markers. Ashevak heavily inspired Pitsiulak (1967–2016), who became a popular figure in Inuit art during his relatively short career for drawing animal figures with a hunter’s precision, and for capturing the technological presence of the South in the hamlet.

 

About the Curatorial Team

To link the work of these artists to Inuit voices today, the AGO has invited Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) project at York University as well as the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative (WBEC) to bring together a curatorial team comprising of Inuit artists and curators.

This team includes:

  • Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley (Ottawa)
  • Taqralik Partridge (Kautokeino, Norway)
  • Jocelyn Piirainen (Ottawa)
  • Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Iqaluit)
  • Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Indigenous and Canadian Art Department, AGO
  • Anna Hudson, professor, York University and Principal Investigator of the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) project

Find out more about the team and their curatorial approach.

 

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