Evergon: Lovers & Muses

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Evergon: Lovers & Muses


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
180 ills | 256 pages

Editor: Duncan McCorquodale


From Evergon’s early experiments with photographic and reproductive processes, such as 1 Boy with Ingrown Tattoo, 1971, to his celebrated large-scale Polaroid works from the 1980s, such as The Caravaggio, 1984, and the series Manscapes—Truckstops and Lovers Lanes, 1989–, and the ongoing The Ramboys, 1991–, to his most recent arresting preoccupation, HouseboundEvergon: Lovers & Muses provides a long-awaited panoramic overview of the artist’s entire body of work.

Extending from the artist's early engagement with projections of the self, the appropriation of popular culture and the history of art through his sustained representations of homosexuality and the championing of gay issues, Evergon’s contribution to contemporary life and art is both particular and ubiquitous. While much of his work might be considered confrontational (indeed, this is, in part, the artist’s intent) it is as much concerned with technique—that of both the photographer and the painter—and a studied and knowing appreciation and appropriation of the art of the past and present.

Comprising previously published essays, the artist’s own poignant writing and newly commissioned texts, Evergon: Lovers & Muses provides an acute, timely and at times both amusing and sobering account of the work of one of Canada’s most important contemporary artists.

Evergon’s work is held in, amongst other international collections, the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Institute of Chicago; the International Center of Photography, New York; the Musée de l'Élysée; and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.


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