Kent Monkman

Canadian, b. 1965

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Kent Monkman

Canadian, b. 1965

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Kent Monkman, a painter, filmmaker, and illustrator of Cree descent, appropriates and disrupts the visual language of Western art history in order to draw attention to the devastating affects of colonialism, particularly focusing on its impact on sexuality. By injecting Canada’s First Nations people into romanticized landscapes, or casting Modernist figures from Pablo Picasso into urban scenes, Monkman brings to question the cost of modernity while highlighting the resilience and agency of those forced to adapt. His recurring character, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, acts as an alter ego that challenges traditional gendered power dynamics and reintroduces sexual fluidity into a history of repression.

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Biography

Kent Monkman, a painter, filmmaker, and illustrator of Cree descent, appropriates and disrupts the visual language of Western art history in order to draw attention to the devastating affects of colonialism, particularly focusing on its impact on sexuality. By injecting Canada’s First Nations people into romanticized landscapes, or casting Modernist figures from Pablo Picasso into urban scenes, Monkman brings to question the cost of modernity while highlighting the resilience and agency of those forced to adapt. His recurring character, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, acts as an alter ego that challenges traditional gendered power dynamics and reintroduces sexual fluidity into a history of repression.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
SITE Santa Fe
Articles Featuring Kent Monkman
How Contemporary Artists Have Used “Washington Crossing the Delaware” to Challenge History
Feb 14th, 2020
How Contemporary Artists Have Used “Washington Crossing the Delaware” to Challenge History
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