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Kent Monkman

March 1 - 25, 2017

New York

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Press Release

Gerald Peters Gallery, New York is pleased to present new works by  Cree artist Kent Monkman. The exhibition will be curated by Eileen Braziel, Director of Peters Projects. Kent Monkman will exhibit his latest works including video, painting, photography, wall design, and drawings. In addition, Kent Monkman’s new works will be exhibited in the five day long Volta NY curated exhibition by Wendy Vogel. Vogel will focus on LGBTQ and feminist dialogue in Kent Monkman’s artwork. Monkman’s new paintings appropriate Nineteenth century western artist, Alfred Jacob Miller. “Drawing upon mythological sources, both European and Native American, my series of paintings will feature dynamic scenes of indigenous peoples, mountain men and trappers in various scenes of revelry and interaction. I will include animals in the scenes as they are central to mythologies- from Greek myths to indigenous legends-that express the most profound aspects of human existence and shape our understanding of nature and the cosmos,” says Kent Monkman.

Kent Monkman’s New Work focuses on his thematic approach to fine art history that excludes Indigeneity. Monkman is responding to two common problems faced by Northern Native artists and theorists, preserving tradition and retrieving that which has been silenced, as if one could reclaim a speaking position from the past, a space in time prior to and beyond the colonial order. Monkman does not attempt to resurrect the past as it was, but rather implies that knowledge of the past can inform the present and future.

Kent Monkman (b. 1965) is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry. He has had solo exhibitions at numerous museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum London, The Glenbow Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Monkman is currently based in Toranto, Ontario