Autry Is Showing a Kent Monkman
|Kent Monkman, Death of the Female, 2014. Tia Collection|
The Autry Museum of the American West is showing two notable loans from the Santa Fe-based Tia Collection: An 18th-century Virgin of Guadalupe and a large 2014 painting by Kent Monkman, Death of the Female (2014). Monkman is the Cree artist who created two allegorical paintings for the Metropolitan Museum's Great Hall in 2019. The painting at the Autry shows a cubist nude as the victim of a hit-and-run driver who appears to be a minotaur. The woman is helped by Native-American men. A Francis Bacon nude prepares to descend a staircase as a Henry Moore sculpture occupies the world's saddest sculpture garden. At far right is a group of Mandan warriors taken from an echt-colonial painting by George Catlin. I'll leave you to decide why a Bigfoot sniper is aiming at an airborne Jesus/Cupid, who's brought a bow and arrow to a gunfight.
|Unknown artist, Virgen de Guadalupe, mid 18th century. Tia Collection|
|Dalbert Castro, Inner World, 1989|
|Frank Day, Ishi and Companion at Iamin Mool, about 1973|
|Karen Noble, Sky People, about 2015|