The Work of Wind: Sea.
Edited by Christine Shaw & Etienne Turpin
Ca. 280 pages
16.5 x 22.3 cm
Color & black/white images
Co-published by K. Verlag in partnership with the University of Toronto
Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga.
*Winner 2016 City of Vancovuer Book Award
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.
C Magazine Issue 136 Site/ation
Editor Kari Cwynar
Designer Raf Rennie
Catalogues and Publications
Unceded Territories: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Co-edited book, Museum of Anthropology Vancouver.
Catalogue essay for Kamloops Art Gallery.
Catalogue essay Aboriginal printmaking exhibition, Kamloops Art Gallery.
Catalogue essay on Nicholas Galanin.
Catalogue Essay, Exhibition produced with grunt gallery.
Vancouver Art Gallery touring exhibition gallery guide.