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Featuring work from the past decade by Jeffrey Gibson, one of America's most prominent contemporary artists, this monograph shows how he blends American Indian and Western cultural influences and explores issues of identity, alternative sub-cultures, post-colonialism, and marginalisation. A citizen of the Mississippi Choctaw Nation and part Cherokee, Jeffrey Gibson spent time in Germany, England, and Korea in his youth. This mix of cultures informs much of his work, which combines elements from historical and contemporary Native arts and traditions, such as powwow regalia and the use of animal skins, with those from the artistic traditions of Modernism, Geometric Abstraction, and Minimalism. As a gay Native artist, Gibson explores in his work issues of oppression and civil rights in America, as well as universal ideas of love, community, strength, vulnerability, and survival. This magnificent volume focuses on nearly 60 works completed in the last decade, including culturally adorned punching bags, three-dimensional figurative works, text-based wall hangings, painted works on rawhide and canvas, and light and video works. AUTHOR: John P. Lukavic is Associate Curator of Native Arts at the Denver Art Museum. SELLING POINTS: Artist: Jeffrey Gibson is an American contemporary artist with part Choctaw and part Cherokee roots. He incorporates his heritage into his works, along with influences from Western and American art, modern and contemporary art, craft, and popular culture. Illustrations: 85 colour illustrations. Essays: Includes essays by leading scholars in the contemporary and American Indian art fields. Comprehensive: The first monograph to detail in depth Gibson's career and body of work.

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