Magazin'Art

Inuit Art

OTTAWA

At the National Gallery, the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries have just gone through the largest renovation since the gallery was originally opened in 1988. To celebrate both the refurbished galleries and the country’s sesquicentennial the National has just launched Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967, from June 15th to December 31st, 2017.

As you can imagine that covers a lot of territory and a lot of art, close to 800 Canadian and Indigenous works of art including paintings sculptures, decorative arts, photographs and videos.

And yes, all the big names are there including  Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig , Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, James Wilson Morrice, David Milne, Lawren Harris, Prudence Heward, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Joyce Wieland, among others.

The exhibition has a section on the beginning of Inuit art and a variety of decorative First Nations’ pieces including the stunning Ceremonial Coat by an unknown Naskapi artist and a remarkable Northwest Coast Raven Sun Transformation Mask by Marven G. Tallio.

If you fancy Canadian art, and all the branches it encompasses, you must really attend this show because something like this will in all probability never be assembled again. Just consider the parties involved. The National has borrowed works from the Bata Shoe Museum, Chief James Hart of the Haida Nation, the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Cultural Centre, the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, the Canadian Museum of History, Library and Archives Canada, the Musée des Ursulines de Quebec, the Canadian War Museum and private lenders.

Fall 2017

At the National Gallery, the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries have just gone through…

WINNIPEG

There are a couple of interesting things going on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There first you might call a bit of a retrospective and the second you might call a bit of a miracle. L.L. FitzGerald’s Impressionist Decade, 1910-1920, running until June 7, 2015, examines some luminescent work by the Manitoba artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. FitzGerald’s work in trying to honestly record the effect of light and atmosphere have resulted in some wonderful works that deserve to be appreciated to a greater extent than they are.

And now, here’s the miracle: Elisapee Ishulutaq Yesterday and Today, running until June 14, 2015. The work consists of one large mural done in oil stick on paper. It shows the dif ferences between when Ishulutaq was young and the world around her in Pangnirtung now.

The miracle part of it all is that the work was commissioned by Darlene Coward Wight, Curator of Inuit Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, when Elisapee was 90 years old in 2014.

Wight had been aware of Elisapee for some time and so she should have. Elisapee Ishulutaq is one of the last if not the last original artist from the Pangnirtung experimental print shop in 1970. Her work is famous and has been used as the basis for tapestries. She is also a member of the Order of Canada.

The charming part of all of this is that if you want more insight into the creation of art you can watch it being done in a seven minute video that is completely both charming and fascinating. You can see the video on the Winnipeg Art Gallery website in the current exhibition section or look Elisapee Ishulutaq up on YouTube.

Spring 2015

There are a couple of interesting things going on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There first you might call a bit of a retrospective and the second…