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Book Review: Inuit Modern: Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection

Book Review:  Inuit Modern: Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection

Inuit Modern • Art from the Samuel and Esther Sarick Collection
By Gerald McMaster

256 pages • ISBN 978-1-55365-778-1


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 I 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, Crhistine 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.

Gerald McMaster is the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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