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Gerald McMaster

Gerald McMaster is curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. He is a Plains Cree from Red Pheasant, Saskatchewan, and first studied Fine Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. McMaster attained his MA in Anthropology from Carleton University, and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam's School for Cultural Analysis. For the past thirty years, he has worked as a visual artist, curator, and scholar to increase the knowledge and appreciation of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit art, nationally and internationally. In 1979, at the First Nations University in Regina, he developed the first Bachelor of Art (Native Art) program. He also created the first national Indian and Inuit art gallery at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa where he was curator from 1981 to 2000. More recently, he was appointed to the dual roles of deputy assistant director for cultural resources and director's special assistant for Mall Exhibitions at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Washington. As an artist, he has exhibited at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg; Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; SITE, Santa Fe; and the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver. In 1995, he was selected as Canadian Commissioner to the Venice Biennale, the first Aboriginal to be chosen for this honour. McMaster was the first Aboriginal to receive the International Council of Museum-Canada Prize for national and international contributions in museology in 2001.

Inuit Modern: Masterworks from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 12; University/College;

A gorgeous retrospective on the transformation of Inuit art in the 20th century, mirroring the vast and poignant cultural changes in the North.

In response to a rapidly changing Arctic environment, Inuit have had to cope with the transition from a traditional lifestyle to the disturbing realities of globalization and climate change. Inuit art in the latter half of the 20th century reflects the reciprocal stimulus of contact with Euro-Canadians and embodies the evolution of a modern Inuit aesthetic that springs from an ancient cultural context, creating an exciting new hybridized art form. Inuit Modern: Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection situates modern Inuit art within a larger framework that reinterprets the Canadian Arctic.

Essays by leading Canadian scholars in the field including Ingo Hessel, Robert McGhee, Christine Laloude, Heather Igloliorte, Dorothy Eber and Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad examine the social, political and cultural transformation through the dynamic lens of colonial influence and agency. Inuit Modern also features interviews with David Ruben Piqtoukun and Zacharias Kunuk.

"The work of Inuit artists has continually evolved in response to the industrialized, bureaucratic culture encroaching from the south. Inuit Modern, an opulent new coffee-table book, displays the astonishing results. The 175 pieces beautifully reproduced here span the last century."— Georgia Straight

"This book is full of treasures from one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Inuit art. With more than 175 works by Inuit artists, the reader is taken on a journey of the Inuit aesthetic as it evolves from its from traditional roots to a more contemporary and globalized art form."— Globe & Mail Top 100 for 2010

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256 pages | 10.00" x 11.10"

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Authentic Indigenous Artwork

Native Universe: Voices of Indian America
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;

This gorgeous volume draws from the vast archives of the National Museum of the American Indian and the voices of some of the most prominent Native American scholars, writers, activists and tribal leaders. More than 300 full-color illustrations depict the artistry and culture of our hemisphere’s diverse indigenous peoples. With its insightful, firsthand prose, the book is a reminder that the ancient philosophies and folkways are just as valuable and relevant in today’s world as they were generations ago.

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