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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Unceded Territories
By (author): Karen Duffek By (author): Tania Willard
9781927958513 Hardcover English ART / Native American Apr 12, 2016 Print Run: 2000
$45.00 CAD
Unknown 10.53 x 12.35 x 0.78 in 180 pages 80 illustrations Figure 1 Publishing
The major retrospective of one of Canada's most important and original contemporary artists Unceded Territories is a major and timely review of the work of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, spanning thirty years of his painterly and polemical practice. It places the artist?s concerns in dialogue with this moment in our shared histories. An artist of Cowichan and Okanagan descent, Yuxweluptun lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, British Columbia. He calls himself a history painter, a monumentalist, a modernist. Impassioned in his commitment to advance First Nations rights to the land and effect change, Yuxweluptun fuses art with political action ? he ?paints freedom and equality?. This retrospective includes brilliant commentary from Michael Turner, Lucy Lippard, Marcia Crosby, Glenn Alteen, a short-story by Jimmie Durham. In an extensive dialogue, curators Karen Duffek and Tania Willard discuss the meaning of Yuxweluptun?s practice and place it in the context of the First Nations struggle for autonomy, justice, and environmental preservation. In a searing and powerful artist?s statement, Yuxweluptun himself explains the essence of his painting and the forces that drive his artistic and political life. Published to accompany the exhibition at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology this volume includes 65 of Yuxweluptun?s paintings from the last three decades and will be a lasting document of his art and activism.

Karen Duffek is the Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts + Pacific Northwest at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology (MOA). Her research focuses on MOA?s Northwest Coast Aboriginal collections and the relationship of 20th-century and contemporary art to cultural practice. Among her exhibitions are Projections: The Paintings of Henry Speck, Udzi'stalis (co-curated with Marcia Crosby, 2012), Peter Morin?s Museum (with Peter Morin, 2011), Border Zones: New Art across Cultures (2010), Robert Davidson: The Abstract Edge (2004 ? 2007), and with Tom Hill, Beyond History (1989). Duffek?s books include Bill Reid and Beyond: Expanding on Modern Native Art (co-edited with Charlotte Townsend-Gault, 2004) and The Transforming Image: Painted Arts of Northwest Coast First Nations (co-authored with Bill McLennan, 2000). Tania Willard, of the Secwepemc Nation, is an artist and independent curator. She has served as curator-in-residence at the Grunt Gallery (2008) and the Kamloops Art Gallery (2014?2015), and as artist-in-residence with Gallery Gachet in Vancouver?s Downtown Eastside. Willard co-curated Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture with Kathleen Ritter for the Vancouver Art Gallery (2012), an exhibition that toured throughout Turtle Island (Canada). Willard?s creative work is concerned with intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. Her most recent public art commission, Rule of the Trees, will be installed in 2016 at Commercial and Broadway SkyTrain station. Currently working through the conceptual space of BUSH gallery, she is curating land-based works in her home territory of Secwepemculecw.

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