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Tunirrusiangit

Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak

by (author) Anna Hudson, Jocelyn Piirainen, Georgiana Uhlyarik, Koomuatuk Curley, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory & Taqralik Patridge

by (artist) Kenojuak Ashevak & Timootee (Tim) Pitsiulak

Publisher
Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
Jun 2018
Category
Essays, Canadian, Native American
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781773100913
    Publish Date
    Jun 2018
    List Price
    $45.00

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Description

Two generations of Inuit artists challenging the parameters of tradition.

Kenojuak Ashevak shot to fame in 1970 when Canada Post printed The Enchanted Owl, a print of a black-and-red plumed nocturnal bird, on a postage stamp. She later became known as the magic-marker-wielding "grandmother of Inuit art," famous for her fluid graphic storytelling and her stunning depictions of wildlife. She was a defining figure in Inuit art and one of the first Indigenous artists to be embraced as a contemporary Canadian artist.

Ashevak's legacy inspired her nephew, Timootee (Tim) Pitsiulak, to take up drawing at the Kinngait Studios. In his relatively short career, he became a popular figure, known for drawing animal figures with a hunter's precision and capturing the technological presence of the South in Nunavut.

Tunirrusiangit, "their gifts" or "what they gave" in Inuktitut, celebrates the achievements of two remarkable artists who challenged the parameters of tradition while consistently articulating a compelling vision of the Inuit world view. Published to coincide with a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, opening on 16 June and continuing until late August, Tunirrusiangit features more than 60 reproductions of paintings, drawings, and documentary photographs. Completing the book are essays by contemporary artists and curators Jocelyn Piirainen, Anna Hudson, Georgiana Uhlyarik, Koomuatuk Curley, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, and Taqralik Partridge that address both the past and future of Inuit identity.

About the authors

Anna Hudson is a professor of Canadian art history and curatorial studies at York University.

Anna Hudson's profile page

Jocelyn Piirainen is an urban Inuk and independent curator originally from Ikaluktutiak (Cambridge Bay), Nunavut.

Jocelyn Piirainen's profile page

Georgiana Uhlyarik is the curator of Jinny Yu: AT ONCE (2024). She is Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, and co-lead of the Indigenous + Canadian Art Department, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada. She works collaboratively with artists and curators from across the Americas and Europe. Projects include: Moving the Museum: Indigenous + Canadian Art at the AGO (2023); Magnetic North: Imagining Canada in Painting 1910-1940 (Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2021); Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak (2018); Rita Letendre: Fire & Light (2017); Georgia O’Keeffe (Tate Modern, 2017); and Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry (Jewish Museum, NY, 2017). Uhlyarik is adjunct faculty in Art History at York University and University of Toronto.

Georgiana Uhlyarik est la commissaire de l’exposition JINNY YU : AT ONCE (2024). Elle est conservatrice Fredrik S. Eaton pour l’art canadien et codirectrice du département de l’art autochtone et canadien au Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario, à Toronto. Elle travaille en collaboration avec des artistes et commissaires de l’Amérique et de l’Europe. Ses projets incluent : Moving the Museum : Indigenous + Canadian Art at the AGO (2023) ; Magnetic North: Imagining Canada in Painting 1910-1940 (Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2021) ; Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak (2018) ; Rita Letendre: Fire & Light (2017) ; Georgia O’Keeffe (Tate Modern, 2017) ; Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry (Musée juif de New York, 2017). Uhlyarik est professeure adjointe en Histoire de l’Art à l’Université York et à l’Université de Toronto.

Georgiana Uhlyarik's profile page

Koomuatuk Curley's profile page

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory's profile page

Taqralik Patridge's profile page

Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013), an Order of Canada recipient, is known as the "grandmother of Inuit art," Famous for her fluid graphic storytelling and stunning use of magic markers, she quickly became a defining figure and one of the first Indigenous artists to be embraced as a Canadian contemporary artist.

Kenojuak Ashevak's profile page

Ashevak's legacy inspired her nephew, Timootee (Tim) Pitsiulak (1967-2016) to take up drawing at the Kinngait Studios. In his relatively short career, he became a popular figure, known for drawing animal figures with a hunter's precision and capturing the technological presence of the South in Nunavut.

Timootee (Tim) Pitsiulak's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"A strong step towards a resurgence of Indigenous artists, thinkers and makers ... providing a caring and attentive opportunity to reflect on these influential artists."

<i>Canadian Art</i>

"Tunirrusiangit beautifully showcases the legacy of these trailblazing Inuit artists while opening a door for the next generation pushing modern Inuit art forward."

<i>NOW Toronto</i>