T.C. Cannon is one of the most influential and inventive Native American artists of the twentieth century. At work during the socially and politically turbulent 1960s and 1970s, Cannon created a signature visual vocabulary influenced by his Kiowa and Caddo heritage, and artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Robert Rauschenberg. In this vividly illustrated book, Cannon’s paintings, prints, and drawings are further illuminated alongside his poems and song lyrics. Meticulously researched, T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America provides an intimate glimpse into the artist’s life and work through art historical and interdisciplinary essays from scholars, painters, and those who knew him, as well as the presentation of newly published personal ephemera, photographs, and handwritten and typewritten manuscript pages. A special selection of original poetry from Native poets Joy Harjo, Sherwin Bitsui, Joan Naviyuk Kane, and Santee Frazier celebrates the artist’s legacy and his ongoing inspiration.
The publication accompanies the nationally touring exhibition T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America on view at the Peabody Essex Museum from March 3 to June 10, 2018, the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, from July 14 to October 7, 2018, and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York, from March 16 to September 16, 2019.
Karen Kramer is Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture at the Peabody Essex Museum.
11 1/2h × 9 1/2”w
Peabody Essex Museum / University of Washington Press, 2018
ISBN 9780875772332 (hardcover)