Early Masters: Inuit Sculpture 1949–1955 opens on January 7, providing the first systematic examination of the early phase of what the public has come to know as “Inuit art.”

In preparation for this exhibition of 150 works, Darlene Coward Wight, the WAG’s Curator of Inuit Art, developed a 900-entry database of early carvings whose artists were unknown. She utilized images of works in public and private collections, as well as those in publications. She then travelled to three Inuit communities, showing the database imagery to as many people as possible.  Carver’s wives proved valuable informants, readily identifying carvings that they had helped to polish. Several elders were also able to supply Wight with key information.