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Shaa, Aqjangayuk

       Born:  March 17, 1937       Male       E7-1065

       Resides:  Cape Dorset

       Sculpture, Drawings, Prints

       EXHIBITIONS:

       1961                                    Cape Dorset Graphics

                                                   (annual collection)                              

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       December 1966                Major Eskimo Sculpture - Cape Dorset

                                                   Isaacs Gallery                                   

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       1967                                    Eskimo Sculpture

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   presented at the Manitoba Legislative            

                                                   Building                                         

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       May - June 1969               Eskimo Sculpture '69

                                                   Robertson Galleries                              

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1970                                   Mythology in Stone

                                                   Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec                  

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

       1971 - 1973                       Sculpture/Inuit: Masterworks of the

                                                   Canadian Arctic                                  

                                                   Canadian Eskimo Arts Council                     

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       January - February 1971  The Art of the Eskimo

                                                   Simon Fraser Gallery,                            

                                                   Simon Fraser University                          

                                                   Burnaby, British Columbia

                                                   (catalogue)

       January - March 1972       Eskimo Fantastic Art

                                                   Gallery 111, School of Art,                      

                                                   University of Manitoba                           

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1974                                   Inuit Sculpture 1974/Sculpture Inuit 1974

                                                   Lippel Gallery                                    

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1974                                   Cape Dorset Sculpture

                                                   Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec                  

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

       April 1974                          Eskimo Stone Sculpture, featuring Axangayuk,

                                                   Johnniebo, Kenojuak                              

                                                   The Arctic Circle                                

                                                   Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

       Oct - Nov 1974                  Eskimo Art

                                                   Queens Museum                                    

                                                   Flushing, New York, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1975                                   Cape Dorset - Selected Sculpture from the

                                                   Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery           

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1977                                   Kaka and Axangayuk

                                                   Gallery Shop,                                    

                                                   London Public Library                             

                                                   London, Ontario

       Jan 1977 - Jun 1982         The Inuit Print/L'estampe inuit

                                                   Department of Indian Affairs and                 

                                                   Northern Development and the                     

                                                   National Museum of Man                           

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

 

       March - April 1979            Die Kunst aus der Arktis

                                                   Inuit Galerie, Mannheim                          

                                                   held at Humanities and Social Sciences Research  

                                                   Institute, University of Siegen                  

                                                   at Villa Waldrich                                

                                                   Siegen, Germany

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       September 1979               Exhibition and Sale of Musk-Oxen and Bears                              

                                                   Cottage Craft Gifts & Fine Arts Ltd.             

                                                   Calgary, Alberta

       October 1979                   Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterwork

                                                  Exhibitors of the Canadian Arctic                

                                                  Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                  Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                  (illustrated catalogue)

       January - March 1980      Cape Dorset

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       February - March 1980   Collectors' Choice - An Exhibition of

                                                  Important Inuit Sculpture                        

                                                  Waddington Galleries                              

                                                  Toronto, Ontario

       February - March 1980   First Annual Collectors' Invitational

                                                 Exhibition                                       

                                                 Inuk 1/Eskimo Art                                

                                                 San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

       April - May 1980             The Klamer Family Collection of Inuit

                                                 Art from the Art Gallery of Ontario              

                                                 University of Guelph                             

                                                 Guelph, Ontario

                                                 (illustrated catalogue)

       November - December 1980

                                                   Four Sculptors from Baffin Island

                                                   The Upstairs Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

       1981                                   Cape Dorset Sculptors and Their Sculpture

                                                   The Inuit Art Collection                         

                                                   Mr. and Mrs. James F. Bacon                      

                                                   Manchester, Connecticut, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       September 1981               Exhibition and Sale of Musk-Oxen

                                                   & Bears                                          

                                                   Cottage Craft Gifts & Fine Arts Ltd.             

                                                   Calgary, Alberta

       September - October 1981

                                                   The Jacqui and Morris Shumiatcher

                                                   Collection of Inuit Art                          

                                                   Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery,                    

                                                   University of Regina                             

                                                   Regina, Saskatchewan

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       October - November 1981

                                                   The Inuit Sea Goddess

                                                   Surrey Art Gallery,                              

                                                   (organized to complement the Musee               

                                                   des beaux-arts de Montreal exhibit               

                                                   of the same name)                                

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March - April 1982            Songs in Stone

                                                   The Arctic Circle                                 

                                                   Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

       1983                                   An Enduring Tradition II: Inuit Carving

                                                   from the Northwest Territories                   

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

 

       May 1983 - April 1985      Grasp Tight the Old Ways: Selections from

                                                   the Klamer Family Collection of Inuit Art        

                                                   Art Gallery of Ontario                           

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       October 1983                    Fantasy and Stylization - Cape Dorset

                                                  Sculpture                                        

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       February - March 1984     Canadian Inuit Art

                                                   City Hall                                        

                                                   Nuuk/Godthab, Greenland

       February 1984 - June 1986

                                                   Arctic Vision: Art of the Canadian Inuit

                                                   Department of Indian Affairs and                 

                                                   Northern Development and Canadian                 

                                                   Arctic Producers                                 

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       March - April 1984            Heritage of the Inuit: Masterpieces

                                                   of the Eskimo                                    

                                                   Colorado Galleries of the Arts,                  

                                                   Arapahoe Community College                       

                                                   Littleton, Colorado, U.S.A.

       September - October 1984

                                                   On the Land

                                                   The Arctic Circle                                

                                                   Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

       October 1984                     Images of the Far North

                                                   Studio Art Gallery,                              

                                                   State University of New York                     

                                                   Binghamton, New York, U.S.A.

 

       March - May 1985             Uumajut: Animal Imagery in Inuit Art

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       December 1985                Masterwork Sculpture 1985

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       May - June 1986               The Spirit of the Land

                                                   The Koffler Gallery                              

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       July 1986                           Baffin Island Sculpture

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                        

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       August - November 1986

                                                   Die Kunst aus der Arktis

                                                   presented by Inuit Galerie                       

                                                   Mannheim, Germany

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       1987                                   Collectable Sculpture 1987

                                                   Webster Galleries                                

                                                   Calgary, Alberta

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       January 1987                    Contemporary Sculpture from the Arctic

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

       October 1987                    Recent Acquisitions of Early Inuit

                                                   Sculpture                                        

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

       April 1988                          [L'art inuit]

                                                   Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                   at Palais de L'Europe, Le Touquet                

                                                   France

       November 1988                [L'art inuit]

                                                   Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                   at Les Martres-de-Veyre                          

                                                   France

       December 1988 - 1989    Im Schatten der Sonne:Zeitgenossische Kunst

                                                   der Indianer und Eskimos in Kanada/In the        

                                                   Shadow of the Sun:Contemporary Indian and Inuit  

                                                   Art in Canada                                    

                                                   Canadian Museum of Civilization                  

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

                                                   (tour)

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       January - February 1989  Images of the Far North

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   (held at the Erie County Fairgrounds)            

                                                   Hartsdale, New York, U.S.A.

       April 1989                          Master Works from the Early Years

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

       November - December 1989

                                                   Sculpture Inuit

                                                   Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec                  

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       May 1990                           Early and Contemporary Sculpture and Prints

                                                   by Well-Known Inuit Artists                      

                                                   Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                   Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

       June - July 1990                Small Sculptures from across the

                                                   Canadian Arctic                                  

                                                   Feheley Fine Arts                                

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       November 1990                Inuit Masterworks

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       November - December 1990

                                                   Art Inuit:  Autour de la Collection de Cape

                                                   Dorset 1990                                       

                                                   Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                   at Centre Culturel Canadien                      

                                                   Paris, France

       February - March 1991    Cape Dorset Sculpture

                                                   McMaster Art Gallery                             

                                                   Hamilton, Ontario

       March - April 1991            Art Inuit

                                                   Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                   at Le Theatre                                     

                                                   La Ciotat, France

       April - May 1991               Art Inuit

                                                   Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                   at Palais de l'Europe                            

                                                   Le Touquet, France

       May 1991                          Inuit Music in Art: Singing and Dancing and

                                                  Playing                                          

                                                  Feheley Fine Arts                                

                                                  Toronto, Ontario

       May - June 1991              Art Inuit

                                                  Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                  at La Halle aux Bles                             

                                                  Saint Malo, France

       May - September 1991   Recent Acquisitions: Watercolors of the Arctic

                                                  Landscape and Original Eskimo Sculpture          

                                                  Arctic Artistry                                  

                                                  Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.A.

 

       July 1991                           Art Inuit

                                                   Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                   at Chapelle de la Visitation                     

                                                   Thonon, France

       July - August 1991            Glaciopolis:  Art Inuit

                                                   Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                   at Maison de Pesey                                

                                                   Les Arcs, France

       August - September 1991

                                                   Cape Dorset Stone Sculpture: Masters

                                                   & the Next Generation                            

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       November - December 1991

                                                   Art Inuit:  Autour de la Collection de Cape

                                                   Dorset 1991                                       

                                                   Presented by l'Iglou Art Esquimau, Douai         

                                                   at Le Colombier                                  

                                                   Ville D'Avray, France

       May - August 1992            Hudson's Bay Company Collection of Inuit Art

                                                   Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

                                                   Winnipeg, Manitoba

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       October - November 1992

                                                   Arctic Ice: Sculptures in Marble by the

                                                   Artists of Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories    

                                                   Marion Scott Gallery                             

                                                   Vancouver, British Columbia

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       November - December 1992

                                                   Inuit Sculpture--New Acquisitions

                                                   Pucker Gallery                                   

                                                   Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       September - November 1993

                                                  The Bear: Sculpture

                                                  Albers Gallery                                   

                                                  San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

       March - April 1994            Eegyvudluk Pootoogook-Eyeetsiak Peter-

                                                   Axangayu Shaa Exhibition                         

                                                   Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

                                                   Vancouver, B.C., (video catalogue)

       April - June 1994              The Shaa Family: Axangayu Shaa,

                                                   Qiatsuq Shaa, Pudlalik Shaa                      

                                                   Albers Gallery of Inuit Art                      

                                                   San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

       July 1994                            Arctic Spirit

                                                   35 Years of Canadian Inuit Art                   

                                                   Frye Art Museum                                  

                                                   Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

       January - February 1995  The Collector's Eye

                                                    Inuit Art from Private Collections               

                                                   Albers Gallery                                   

                                                   San Francisco, California, USA

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       May - September 1995    Keeping Our Stories Alive:

                                                   An Exhibition of the Art and Crafts              

                                                   from Dene and Inuit of Canada                    

                                                   Institute of American Indian Arts Museum         

                                                   Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       September 1995               Sedna: Spirit of the Sea

                                                   Feheley Fine Arts                                

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

       May 1970                           Axangayu

                                                   The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       January 1974                     Sculpture by Axangayu of Cape Dorset

                                                   The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art                 

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       September 1978               Axangayu Cape Dorset - Recent Sculpture

                                                   Waddington Galleries                             

                                                   Toronto, Ontario

       June 1979                          Axangayu

                                                   Waddington Galleries                             

                                                   Montreal, Quebec

       October 1980                    Sculpture by Axangayu

                                                   Franz Bader Gallery                              

                                                   Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

       February - April 1981       Axangayu

                                                   Robertson Galleries                              

                                                   Ottawa, Ontario

       1982                                   Shaa Axangayuk

                                                   Inuit Galerie                                    

                                                   Mannheim, Germany

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       July - August 1984            Aqjangajuk Shaa - Sculpture

                                                   Cottage Craft Gifts and Fine Arts Ltd.           

                                                   Calgary, Alberta

                                                   (illustrated catalogue)

       August 1992                      Aqjangajuk Shaa

                                                   Houston North Gallery                            

                                                   Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

                                                   (illustrated brochure)

       August 1995                      Major Sculptures by Aqjangaju Shaa

                                                   Houston North Gallery                             

                                                   Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

       COLLECTIONS:

       Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

       Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

       Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario 

       Art Gallery of York University, Downsview, Ontario

       Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario 

       Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, Montreal, Quebec

       Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec

       Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.A. 

       Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta 

       Inuit Cultural Institute, Rankin Inlet, Northwest Territories  

       James and Mary Jack Collection, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa., U.S.A.

       Klamer Family Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

       Macmillan-Bloedel Limited, Vancouver, British Columbia

       McMaster University Art Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario

       McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario

       Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, U.S.A. 

       Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

       Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec   

       National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario 

       Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Brunswick, Maine, U.S.A. 

       Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories 

       Sarick Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

       University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta 

       Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

       SELECTED REFERENCES:

 

           ARTS OF THE ESKIMO: PRINTS:  /Ed. by Ernst Roch. Texts by

           Patrick Furneaux and Leo Rosshandler.  Montreal: Signum Press in

           association with Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1974.

 

           IM SCHATTEN DER SONNE:  Zeitgenoessische Kunst der Indianer und

           Eskimos in Kanada. [In the Shadow of the Sun: Contemporary Art

           of the Indians and Eskimos in Canada].  Stuttgart: Edition

           Cantz.  Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1988.

 

 

           PORTRAIT OF A CANADIAN SCULPTOR.  Saturday Night, June 1970.

       Blodgett, Jean                                    

           AQJANGAJUK SHAA:  IN The Canadian Encyclopedia, James H. Marsh,

           editor-in-chief.  Edmonton:  Hurtig Publishers, 1:68, 1985.

       Blodgett, Jean                                    

           GRASP TIGHT THE OLD WAYS:  Selections from the Klamer Family

           Collection of Inuit Art.  Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1983.

       Canadian Eskimo Arts Council                     

           SCULPTURE/INUIT:  Sculpture of the Inuit: masterworks of the

           Canadian Arctic = La sculpture chez les Inuit: chefs-d'oeuvre de

           l'Arctique canadien.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

           London: Aidan Ellis Publishing, 1971.

       Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec                  

           CANADIAN GUILD OF CRAFTS QUEBEC. = GUILDE CANADIENNE DES METIERS

           D'ART QUEBEC:  The Permanent Collection: Inuit Arts and Crafts,

           c. 1900-1980.  Montreal:  Canadian Guild of Crafts Quebec, 1980.

       Dewar, Patricia                                  

           YOU HAD TO BE THERE.  Nepean,Ont.: Inuit Art Quarterly, 9(1)

           Spring 1994, pp. 20-28.

       Driscoll, Bernadette                             

           THE INUIT COLLECTION OF THE WINNIPEG ART GALLERY.  Canadian

           Antiques & Art Review, vol. 2, no. 17, April, 1981. pp.36-41.

       French, Orland                                    

           BLUE CHIP ART:  Inuit Art Still 15 Per Cent Investment: 'there

           doesn't seem to be an end to it'.  Ottawa Citizen, August 12,

           1978.

       Institute of American Indian Arts Museum         

           KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE:  An Exhibition of Art and Crafts from

           Dene and Inuit of Canada.  Santa Fe, N.M.: Institute of American

           Native Arts Museum, 1995.

 

       Inuit Art Collection                              

           CAPE DORSET:  Sculptors and their Sculpture.  Manchester, Conn.:

           The Inuit Art Collection, 1981.

       Inuit Galerie                                    

           AXANGAYUK SHAA.  Mannheim, Germany: Inuit Galerie, 1990.

       Inuit Galerie                                    

           DIE KUNST AUS DER ARKTIS.  Mannheim, Federal Republic of

           Germany: Inuit Galerie, 1986, 1986.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           AN ENDURING TRADITION II:  Inuit Carving from the Northwest

           Territories.  Vancouver: The Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, 1983.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           Baffin Island Sculpture.  Vancouver, B.C. : Inuit Gallery, 1986.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           CAPE DORSET SCULPTURE:  Fantasy & Stylization.  Vancouver: Inuit

           Gallery of Vancouver, 1983.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           CAPE DORSET STONE SCULPTURE: MASTERS AND THE NEXT GENERATION:

           August 17-September 6, 1991.  Vancouver, B.C.:  Inuit Gallery of

           Vancouver, 1991.

       Inuit Gallery of Vancouver                       

           SCULPTURE OF THE INUIT:  Masterwork Exhibitors of the Canadian

           Arctic.  Vancouver: Inuit Gallery, 1979.

       Lipton, Barbara                                  

           ARCTIC VISION:  Art of the Canadian Inuit.  Ottawa : Canadian

           Arctic Producers, 1984.

       Macduff, Alistair                                

           LORDS OF THE STONE:  An Anthology of Eskimo Sculpture. / By

           Alistair  Macduff. Photographs by George M. Galpin.  North

           Vancouver:  Whitecap Books, 1982.

       Malone, Judy                                     

           CONTRASTS VIVIDLY SHOWN BY TWO ESKIMO ARTISTS.  London Evening

           Free Press, February 28, 1977.

       Marion Scott Gallery                             

           ARCTIC ICE: SCULPTURES IN MARBLE BY THE ARTISTS OF CAPE DORSET,

           NORTHWEST TERRITORIES.  Vancouver:  Marion Scott Gallery, 1992.

       Robertson Galleries                              

           ESKIMO SCULPTURE '69.  Ottawa: The Robertson Galleries, 1969.

       Shaa, Aqjangajuk                                 

           AXANGAYU.  Toronto: The Innuit Gallery of Eskimo Art, 1974.

       Swinton, George                                  

           ESKIMO ART RECONSIDERED.  Artscanada, vol. 27, no. 6,

           December-January, 1971-72. pp.85-94.

       Swinton, George                                  

           ESKIMO SCULPTURE. = SCULPTURE ESQUIMAUDE.  Toronto:  McClelland

           and Stewart, 1965.

       Swinton, George                                   

           SCULPTURE OF THE ESKIMO.  Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972.

       Vastokas, Joan M.                                

           CONTINUITIES IN ESKIMO GRAPHIC STYLE.  artscanada, vol. 27, no.

           6, December-January, 1971. pp.69-83.

       Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

           CAPE DORSET.  Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1979.

       Winnipeg Art Gallery                             

           CAPE DORSET:  Selected Sculpture from the Collection of the

           Winnipeg Art Gallery.  Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1975.

 

       (c) Inuit Art Section, INAC 1995