Nicholas Galanin, the 2012/13 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria, has received a $50,000 Rasmuson Fellowship from United States Artists, a non-profit organization aimed at investing in “America’s finest artists.”
Galanin’s fellowship was in the Crafts and Traditional Arts category.
Galanin is a Tlingit/Aleut artist from Sitka, Alaska, and he describes his practice as “contemporary multimedia work that transcends the familiar, time-honored iconography of Tlingit and Northwest Coast art.”
His work was featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s recent survey of artists who connect Aboriginal identity and urban youth culture, titled “Beat Nation.” A touring version of the show will open at Toronto’s Power Plant on December 15.
Galanin’s work was also featured in group shows at Vancouver’s Grunt Gallery and Bill Reid Gallery over the past year, while Trench Contemporary Art (his Vancouver dealer) recently wrapped a solo show titled “I LOOOOOVE YOUR CULTURE.” His work was also in Montreal gallery Art Mûr’s “A Stake in the Ground,” curated by Nadia Myre, in January.
According to a release from Trench, Galanin plans to buy a house or build a studio with the funds.
Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art
17 May 2013 - 02 Sep 2013
Sakahàn, meaning “to light a fire” in the language of the Algonquin, is the National Gallery of Canada’s first survey of recent Indigenous art. It will feature over 100 works by more than 70 renowned and emerging artists from around the world. Poetic, unexpected and challenging, these works of art document and interrogate distinct cultural, political, and social moments while making the link with parallel histories and the evolving relationship between the legacy of colonialism and the cause of cultural autonomy. Sakahàn, one of the NGC’s most ambitious exhibitions of contemporary art to date, extends to partnering sites in and outside of Ottawa and unveils impressive new works created specifically for this project.
This bowtie is titled “I Looooove Your Culture: Hipsters in Headdresses” and was designed by Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut) for Dick Bernanin Menswear. It features the faces of white hipsters wearing Native American headdresses.
The bowtie was launched on October 18, in conjunction with Galanin’s “I Looooove Your Culture” exhibit opening at the Trench Gallery in Vancouver, and will be sold exclusively through Beyond Buckskin Boutique.
Galanin’s work is a highly charged mix of beauty, material knowledge, politics and contemporary cultural representation. Navigating both the Native American art world as well as the contemporary global art world, Galanin continuously challenges the aesthetic and cultural perceptions of Native identity.
THE LANDSCAPE OF BEING. AGENCY e-book2 (2.15mb pdf) Writers: Ankur Betageri, Lucrezia De Domizio Durini, Robert C Koehler, Phil Rockstroh, Margaret Wheatley. Artists: Ishola Akpo, Jelili Atiku, Conrad Atkinson, Lucy Azubuike, The Caravan Gallery, U We Claus, Nicholas Galanin, Deborah Kass, Olga Kisseleva, Simon Lewandowski & Richard Price, Mário Macilau, Ian MacKenzie, Fabian Marcaccio, Graham Martin, Ealy Mays, Patrick McGrath Muñiz, Laura Nelson, Jackie Raybone, Anna Tretter, Angela Tyler-Rockstroh. Curated by Dr. Graham Martin
I have a solo exhibition called Things Are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter, with all new work opening Feb. 3rd at Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer… a performance installation the eve of the opening and live music after w/ Silver Jackson and AKU- MATU
…While much of the work by non-Indian artists lacks this kind of physical integrity, Nicholas Galanin, the Alaskan Tlinglit artist who works in various Conceptual Art modes, does muster some of it by wittily appropriating the rock-art technique especially favored by the Native Americans of the Southwest. Into the sidewalk in front of the gallery he has incised the silhouette of a small horned animal like those found on several objects inside, as well as the word “Indians” rendered in the distinctive script used by the Cleveland baseball team, but without the Indian caricature of the logo. Redolent of tattoos and graffiti, these works bring the fuel-efficient unity posed by the Native American works in this show squarely into the present.
“Kindred Spirits: Native
American Influences on 20th
Century Art” continues through Jan. 28 at the Peter Blum
Peter Blum Soho is pleased to announce the exhibition Kindred Spirits, Native American Influences on 20th Century Arton view October 29, 2011 through January 14, 2012.
The exhibition features works of indigenous peoples from the Southwest region of the United States of America that illustrate their strong and often neglected influence on Modern and Contemporary art.Funerary vessels, paintings, pottery, weavings, and baskets from fourteen tribes including the Apache, Hopi, Mimbres, Navajo, and Zuni are exhibited alongside Modern and Contemporary works by artists such as Josef Albers, Max Ernst, Agnes Martin, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollock (see complete list below), illustrating the profound inspiration these artists found in the desert landscapes and Native American cultures of the Southwest… Follow the link for more info