With Isuma’s exhibition at the Canada Pavilion, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation announced the gift of one million dollars by The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation to the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment to support future representation at the premiere contemporary art event.
The Inuit Art Quarterly takes you behind the scenes of 58th Venice Biennale with a first look at Isuma’s installation at the Canada Pavilion, which officially opened on Wednesday May 8, 2019 and marks the first time Inuit artists have exhibited as part of the national pavilion.
The Inuit Art Quarterly, the world’s only magazine dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of Inuit and circumpolar Indigenous arts, has received two 2019 National Magazine Award nominations for Issue Grand Prix and Publisher Grand Prix.
In recognition of his significant contributions to the art of cartooning in Canada and on the heels of his first solo retrospective, the late graphic artist, writer, editor and illustrator Alootook Ipellie will be inducted into the Giants of the North: Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame in May 2019.
Alberta-based Inuvialuk artist Kablusiak has been named to the 2019 Sobey Award longlist, Canada’s most prestigious award for young artists. They are the first Inuvialuk artist nominated for the prize and are included as part of the Prairies & North catchment.
Renowned Iglulik-based sculptor Bart Hanna Kappianaq unveiled a high relief, sculptural tympanum titled Sedna with Friends (2019), featuring the central figure of Sedna surrounded by a walrus, whale and narwhal on the rippling Arctic waters, at the Canadian Parliament Complex in Ottawa, ON coinciding with the 20th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Nunavut.
Inuit musicians Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser, PIQSIQ, Iva and more have boycotted the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns of cultural appropriation in the work of Edmonton-based nominee Cikwes, who incorporates throat singing within her work.
The Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum in Iqaluit, NU, the Territory’s only museum, announced recently that Jessica Kotierk has been hired as the Manager and Curator.