Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook

A remarkable life

Annie Pootoogook’s detailed, colourful work helped lead to a profound shift in what Inuit art could be

Robert Everett-Green AND Gloria Galloway

The Globe and Mail Last updated: Saturday, Oct. 01, 2016 8:29AM EDT

In a 2006 documentary, Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook looks calm and confident. “I am a third-generation artist,” she says, proudly displaying a drawing she made of herself drawing with her mother and grandmother, who were both acclaimed figures in Inuit art. “I draw every day,” she says. “To me, it’s a job, my job.”

That footage was shot in and around Ms. Pootoogook’s home in Cape Dorset, before the solo exhibition at Toronto’s Power Plant that vaulted her to prominence in Canada and abroad. Within a few months of that show in the summer of 2006, she had won the $50,000 Sobey Art Award, and had been invited to display her work at the Montreal Biennale and Documenta 12, a major European exhibition. Her works were purchased by major museums, and by collectors who till then had regarded the work coming out of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op in Cape Dorset as more craft than art. People began talking about a profound shift in what Inuit art could be, led by younger artists such as Ms. Pootoogook and her cousin, Shuvinai Ashoona.

 

Read the full article here: Annie Pootoogook: A life too short, built on creativity but marred by despair

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