Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Landmark solo show by Inuit artist at Washington’s Smithsonian

Edward Atkinson just e-mailed me from Igloolik, an island hamlet in Nunavut (the largest, newest, northernmost territory of Canada), to say that Abraham Anghik Ruben has become the first Inuit sculptor ever to get a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Ed is Territorial Archivist for the Government of Nunavut and co-author of my cover feature on “The Renaissance in Inuit art marketing” in the July/August 2012 issue of Above & Beyond:  Canada’s Arctic Journal (see pages 25-29 of the magazine.)  http://issuu.com/arctic_journal/docs/above_and_beyond_july_august_2012/1?mode=a_p  

This new development in Washington certainly seems to confirm one of the premises of our article, that Inuit art has now gone mainstream--or at least I should say more mainstream.  (I've never heard of an Inuit artist having a solo exhibition at Washington's National Gallery yet.) 

Ruben was born in Paulatuk, Northwest Territories, Canada, and currently lives on Salt Spring Island, one of the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia.  His Washington exhibition is presented from October 05, 2012 to January 02, 2013 in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s 18th Inuit Studies Conference. 

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