The Watchful Fox, Chief of the Tribe with Tinselled Buck no. 4,520

2008

Object

Artist

Kent Monkman, Cree, Fisher River Band, Canadian, b. 1965
Born: Ontario
Work Locations: Toronto, ON

Culture

Country

Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2015.657

Medium/Technique

Acrylic paint on canvas

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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More Info

Dimensions

height: 30 in, 76.2000 cm; width: 24 in, 60.9600 cm; frame height: 35 1/8 in, 89.2175 cm; frame width: 29 in, 73.6600 cm; frame depth: 2 1/8 in, 5.3975 cm

Department

Native Arts

Collection

Indigenous Arts of North America

Known Provenance

Purchased 2015 from the artist by Vicki and Kent Logan; Gifted 2015 to Denver Art Museum

Caption

Kent Monkman (Fisher River Band Cree), The Watchful Fox, Chief of the Tribe with Tinselled Buck no. 4,520, 2008. Acrylic paint on canvas; 30 x 24 in. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2015.657

Extended Info

Here Monkman revisits a subject by the painter George Catlin, but added into the background a character of his own invention, “Tinselled Buck”. The primary figure is faithful to the stoic Catlin rendering while the figure in the background is whimsical and flamboyant. The ghost-like image is a reminder of the historical presence of two-spirit, or gender variant, individuals and a recognition of their erasure by both Native and non-Native artists.