Kent Monkman (b.1965) is a First Nations artist of Cree ancestry. Known as one of Canada's most internationally acclaimed and notorious artists, he intervenes on Canadian historical and colonial narratives with homoerotic revisionist anarchy and humor. Despite his sometimes dark subject matter, Monkman's works often exude a winking playfulness and immense visual intrigue.  

In 2019, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) commissioned Monkman to create mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People), an epic diptych presenting a critical counternarrative of the romanticized stories depicted in Western art history. Monkman appropriates and subverts common images of epics, battles, and exploration of the 'New World', filtering them through his own Indigenous, queer lens. 

This limited edition boxed set was created to document Kent Monkman’s diptych commission mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Each hand-crafted box includes the ACI book Revision and Resistance: mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People)and two limited edition etchings, hand-painted, numbered, and signed by the artist.

The diptych and prints included in the box set feature Monkman's alter ego, Miss Chief Share Eagle Testickle. Like Monkman, Miss Chief is Indigenous, two spirited and queer. She plays the role of mythological trickster, appearing in fictional places, times, and scenarios. Her presence helps the viewer recognize revisionist truths as she represents the individuals and stories erased from Western historical narratives. 

In both paintings (and both prints in the box set) Monkman's alter-ego, Miss Chief Share Eagle Testickle is the central character. Like Monkman, Miss Chief is Indigenous, two spirited and queer. She appears like a hybrid between a pin-up doll and a glamorous superhero with wind-blown hair, high-heels, and a muscular physique. 

Miss Chief plays the role of mythological trickster - appearing across places, times, and scenarios she wasn't actually in. Her powerful presence enlightens the viewer to recognize revisionist truths by representing the individuals and stories erased from historical narratives. 

Monkman's work disrupts depictions of historical representation and colonial narratives. Despite the sometimes dark subject matter it addresses, Monkman's art often exudes a winking playfulness and immense visual intrigue.  

Featuring commentaries by leading art world figures, this special box set also includes two photo essays, on the making and installation of the paintings. 

Monkman's monumental diptych is currently on display at The Met. As well, his works can be found in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum, D.C. 

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Etching #1: Welcoming and Etching #2: Resurgence

Canada, 2020

Hand-painted, signed and numbered by the artist.

Copper plate etching, with watercolour on acid-free paper

From an edition of 30

11.5"H 8.6"W (each etching) 

Publisher: Art Canada Institute, Toronto, March 2020.

Note: these box sets were first offered to patrons of the Art Canada Institute. As the edition is nearly 2/3rds sold out Caviar20 is helping ACI sell the small number of remaining sets. We are currently offering number 23/30. There will be a price increase after number 25 is sold. 

Price: $7,500 USD or $10,000 CAD

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