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The Four Continents: Kent Monkman


The Four Continents: Kent Monkman


28 × 23 cm | 9 × 11 in
45 ills | 72 pages

Authors: John Ralston Saul, Keith Goulet, Dr Er Atleo (Umeek)


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The Four Continents presents in full, with gatefolds, the large-scale works that comprise Kent Monkman’s suite of paintings entitled The Four Continents, a reworking of Tiepolo’s Apollo and the Four Continents.

Monkman’s works examine the way Indigenous American and Canadian history has been presented by nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists. He constructs new stories through images that take into account the missing narratives and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples resulting in a series of tragicomic scenarios that are mythical, graphic, satirical and inherently anti-colonialist. Many feature strong queer or gay male imagery, which has always been a part of Aboriginal culture due to "two-spirit" Indigenous sexualities, yet has rarely been acknowledged as such.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance and installation. He has had exhibitions at numerous major museums worldwide, including Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; and MASS MoCA, Massachusetts.

Following The Four Continents, a major monographic overview of Monkman’s work will be published by Black Dog Publishing, titled Kent Monkman: Shame and Prejudice, A Story of Resilience.

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