The four continents
London : Black Dog Publishing Ltd. 2017.
72 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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; the result is a series of tragicomic scenarios that are mythical, graphic, satirical and inherently anti-colonialist. Many feature strong queer or gay male imagery, which have always been a part of Aboriginal culture due to 'two-spirit' Indigenous sexualities, yet have 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, USA.