The first posthumous survey of Ojibwe artist Jim Denomie’s paintings, which invite further conversation about American history, memory, and place
A prolific artist, Jim Denomie (La Courte Oreilles Band, Ojibwe, 1955–2022) did not begin his art career until the age of 35. Over the course of three decades, his award-winning work has been featured in national and international exhibitions and found in notable private and public collections. The Lyrical Artwork of Jim Denomie explores themes in the artist’s work, such as the legacies of colonization, reconsideration of American history, and what he saw as the absurdity of our current zeitgeist. His paintings are satirical and surreal, displaying a vibrant palette, along with dark humor and pointed references to historical and contemporary issues and injustices. Denomie drew upon lived experiences, pop culture, Ojibwe beliefs and traditions, and American history to tell stories with universal lessons. Alongside his satirical, history paintings, Denomie created a deeply personal body of work that depicts his spirituality, memories, and relationship to place.
In addition to its incisive essays, the book includes forewords by Denomie’s friend and gallerist, Todd Bockley, and the artist’s wife, the author Diane Wilson, as well as a transcript of one of his final interviews. In its totality, this catalogue begins the conversation around the lasting impact of Denomie’s work and life.
Distributed for the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art (July 8, 2023–March 24, 2024)
Nicole E. Soukup is assistant curator of contemporary art and the Minnesota artist exhibition project coordinator, and Robert Cozzolino is the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings, both at at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe, Turtle Mountain) is a poet, writer, and editor. Christina Schmid is an arts writer and theorist, as well as aa faculty member in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
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