Sonny Assu: A Selective History

byCandice HopkinsBy (artist)Sonny Assu Foreword byJanet Rogers

March 6, 2018|
Sonny Assu: A Selective History by Candice Hopkins
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A stunning retrospective highlighting the playfulness, power, and subversive spirit of Northwest Coast Indigenous artist Sonny Assu.

Through large-scale installation, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and painting, Sonny Assu merges the aesthetics of Indigenous iconography with a pop-art sensibility. This stunning retrospective spans over a decade of Assu’s career, highlighting more than 120 full-colour works, including several never-before-exhibited pieces.

Through analytical essays and personal narratives, Richard Van Camp, Marianne Nicolson, Candice Hopkins, and Ellyn Walker provide brilliant commentary on Assu’s practice, its meaning in the context of contemporary art, and its wider significance in the struggle for Indigenous cultural and political autonomy. Exploring themes of Indigenous rights, consumerism, branding, humour, and the ways in which history informs contemporary ideas and identities, Sonny Assu: A Selective History is the first major full-scale book to pay tribute to this important, prolific, and vibrant figure in the Canadian contemporary art world.

Sonny Assu is a Ligwildaxw Kwakwaka’wakw contemporary artist known for combining traditional visual elements of his Northwest Coast heritage with emblems of colonialism and Western consumer culture. His work has been exhibited worldwide and has been accepted into the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Seatt...
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Title:Sonny Assu: A Selective History
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 10 X 8.5 X 0.62 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 10 X 8.5 X 0.62 in
Published:March 6, 2018
Publisher:Heritage House Publishing
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781772031706

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