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For over three decades, contemporary Native American artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds has pursued a disciplined practice in multiple media, having shown his paintings, drawings, prints, and text-based conceptual art throughout numerous national and international galleries and public spaces. In the first book-length study of this important artist, Bill Anthes analyzes Heap of Birds's art and politics in relation to the international contemporary art scene, Native American history, and settler colonialism. Foregrounding how Heap of Birds roots his practice in Cheyenne spirituality and an indigenous way of seeing and being in the world, Anthes describes how Heap of Birds likens his art to "sharp rocks"—weapons delivering trenchant critiques of the loss of land, life, and autonomy endured by Native Americans. Whether appearing as interventions in public spaces or in a gallery, Heap of Birds's carefully honed artworks pose questions about time, modernity, identity, power, and the meaning and value of contemporary art in a global culture.
Bill Anthes is a Professor in the Art Field Group at Pitzer College and the author of Native Moderns: American Indian Painting, 1940–1960, also published by Duke University Press.
Most Serene Republics
(information below reprinted from website: http://nmai.si.edu/store/books-and-products/#2193)
Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho) is the creator of some of the earliest and most memorable Native American conceptual art. Drawing on language and history, his public art installations, paintings, prints, and drawings explore the often-contested relationship between non-Indian historical accounts and Native memory. In this book, influential writer Lucy Lippard approaches the artist's work from an activist's perspective. An original DVD bound into the book features conversations with the artist and footage of his work in Venice.
Also see essay by Jean Fisher "Remembering the Future: Tradition in the work of Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds."
Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held at Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas, September 30 - October 19, 1989. Traveled to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 4 - May 6, 1990; Exit Art, New York, New York, September 8 - October 6, 1990; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, October 15 - December 3, 1990. Texts by Papo Colo, Jean Fisher, Lowery Stokes Sims, and the artist. Includes black & white and color illustrations, artist biography, and exhibition checklist.
LA Times, February 14, 2018
Videos about the work