A sculpture by Joe Talirunili (1893-1976) has broken the record for the highest price paid for a work by an Inuit artist at public auction. The work was offered on May 29th, 2019 in the inaugural sale by First Arts, a venture by partners Pat Feheley, Ingo Hessel, Mark London and Waddington’s.
By looking at the lives and work of other Indigenous artists who have exhibited as part of the Venice Biennale and surrounding projects, what are the implications in having Isuma, a community-based, principally Inuktitut language video art collective based in Iglulik, NU, represent Canada at arguably the world’s most visible and scrutinized international art event?
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.
On the cusp of Isuma’s representation of Canada at the 58th International Art Exhibition/La Biennale di Venezia and on the occasion of a recently renovated Canada Pavilion, we take a look at the history of the international exhibition, Canada’s national pavilion and what these platforms mean for us today.
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.