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The Inuit Art Quarterly is the only publication that focuses solely on the vibrant and dynamic world of Inuit art. Published by the Inuit Art Foundation since 1986, this quarterly art magazine connects readers around the world with the Arctic by way of feature articles on well-known and emerging artists, timely and topical commentary and exclusive interviews.

The Spring 2018 issue of the Inuit Art Quarterly marks the beginning of the Inuit Art Foundation’s 2018 publishing calendar. With a focus on bone, including whalebone and ivory, this issue considers the intricacies and various uses of the material while celebrating its long legacy as a favoured medium in Inuit art. Our evocative cover story explores the meteoric career of Karoo Ashevak (1940–1974) and provides readers with an intimate portrait of Ashevak as an integral part of Talurjuaq, NU’s artistic community. Renowned for his exquisitely detailed sculptures, Ashevak’s exuberant personality is also fondly remembered by those closest to him, as recounted in both English and Inuktut by curator and writer Leslie Boyd. This feature is complemented by a dynamic Legacy piece featuring never-before-seen photos of the artist at work by celebrated photographer Pamela Harris.

Our second feature, written by Arctic anthropologist Sheila Romalis, provides a close examination of the contemporary and historical meanings behind the unique Greenlandic sculptures knows as tupilat, while our Portfolio showcases works from prominent artists such as Jimmy Manning, Lucy Meeko (1929–2004), Abraham Anghik Ruben and Samonie Toonoo (1969–2017), who have worked across media to present bone as both material and subject. In addition, our engaging interview with Yupik/Iñupiaq sculptor Susie Silook sheds light on social issues currently facing Indigenous artists and women in Alaska, how activism can inform art and the power in maintaining a strong sense of community with all circumpolar Indigenous peoples.

Other highlights of the issue include:

  • A reflection on the brilliant imagery of Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013);
  • A profile of emerging artist Niap, this year’s Virginia J. Watt Scholarship winner;
  • Reviews and curatorial notes on exhibitions across Canada and much more…

Subscribe today to ensure you don’t miss a single issue of our 2018 calendar, featuring issues on Bone, Skin, Paper and Exchange!

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