Native Artist Kent Monkman: The Surreal Rez

O’siyo. Native artist Kent Monkman, a member of the Cree Nation, is making waves in New York City’s Sargent’s Daughters gallery with his series of controversial paintings entitled “Urban Res”. 

The Chase, Kent Monkman, 2014. Source: sargentsdaughters.com.

The Chase, Kent Monkman, 2014. Source: sargentsdaughters.com.

Excerpt: Artist Kent Monkman’s Surreal Visions of the Urban Rez ICTMN

The Deposition, Kent Monkman, 2014. Source- sargentsdaughters.com

The Deposition, Kent Monkman, 2014. Source- sargentsdaughters.com

“In an exhibition called “Urban Res,” currently featured at Sargent’s Daughters gallery in New York City, Cree painter Kent Monkman looks at the ironies faced by today’s urban Natives. In Monkman’s canvases, Indians have survived and are living in cities.

Bête Noire,  Kent Monkman,2014. Source- sargentsdaughters.com

Bête Noire, Kent Monkman,2014. Source- sargentsdaughters.com

Figures painted in the style of Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon loaf on sidewalks or stare sullenly from doorways. Angels from Western religious art are present, though what they’re doing isn’t clear — are they rescuing a wounded Henry Moore-style sculpture, or simply stealing it?  In two of the paintings, a group of urban Indigenous youth are stepping in to try to save artwork that is in trouble. In another painting, an Indian on a motorcycle speeds down the street, taking aim with his bow and arrow at a herd of buffalo — some of which are cubist. To learn more about Kent Monkman and his work, visit kentmonkman.com

 Memorial Day Remembrance

“This Memorial Day, Honor the Water, Remember the Fallen, and Protect the Mounds” ~Mary Annette Pember~ ICTMN“This Memorial Day, Honor the Water, Remember the Fallen, and Protect the Mounds” ~Mary Annette Pember~ ICTMN

 

 “Remembering Those Who Have Fallen And Those Who Still Stand to Fight…For Us.” 

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