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Whatchamacallit 57: Kent Monkman print

Kent Monkman: The Artist

I’ve blogged a lot about Kent Monkman – he is, hands down, my favorite living artist.

His work speaks to me on a fundamental level – and I can still remember the feeling I had as I walked into the Canadian artists gallery of the Montreal Museum of Beaux Arts back in August 2014. There was this massively large Bierstadt – yet not Bierstadt – on the wall. It was “The Trappers of Men” – a terrific and wonderful reimaging of one a well-known piece of art.

I’ve planned trips around seeing Kent Monkman’s work – in Toronto, in Montreal, in Kitchener, Ontario, in New York City, and in Paris, to name most of my stops.

Every one of these trips have been rewarding.

I acquired the above etching in the summer of 2016 – it was a reward to myself for having completed something really, really difficult (not to explained on the blog, sorry – but the reward was well earned).

As listed on Kent Monkman’s website:

The Artist Etching
$700.00 CAD
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper
Paper Size: 11″ x 15″
Plate Size: 8.5″ x 7″
Edition of 100 + 5 AP
2016

The Artist etching is hand signed and numbered

$700.00 (unframed)
2016

The etching is sold out – and the price went up. I paid CAN$600 for my copy (number 3!) – after picking it up at the customs office, I took it straight to my favorite framer, got it frame, and hung it (plus a companion etching) on my bedroom wall.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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