(Man in a Wicker Chair), 1975
1995, Joan Frederick published T.C. Cannon: He Stood in the
Sun, the biography of the influential contemporary Kiowa painter
who is widely considered to be the Van Gogh of Native American art.
Cannon is unquestionably the star of the young artists who left the
Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1960s
and went on to change Indian art into the contemporary scene we recognize
today in galleries across the country. Cannon's untimely death at
the age of 31 in a 1978 car accident catapulted him to cult status
among Indian artists of the time. His sophisticated use of color and
style coupled with unflinching political content gave voice to a new
generation of socially aware modern Native American artists and writers.
More than 20 years have passed, yet no one has taken the place of
this charismatic painter, poet, and renaissance man who walked two
roads, both modern and traditional. Frederick's monograph interviews
Cannon's friends, family, art critics and historians but also presents
many poems, essays, sketches, and hard to find paintings of Cannon's
finest work (65 color reproductions, 25 b/w, and 40 sketches). Friends
tell unusual stories, critics relate his importance to history,
but through his sketchbook musings and poetry Cannon himself bares
his soul to illuminate the life and work of this Indian art icon.
Portrait in the Studio, 1975
Hummingbird, AMAZON.COM review:
***** star rating!
"It all adds up to more than just a presentation of his works:
it adds up to a presentation of the artist himself. This book is
a MUST for students, collectors and other patrons of Indian art
and history. "
Morand, Curator of Art Collections, GILCREASE MUSEUM, Tulsa, Oklahoma:
"Incredibly enlightening, but also a pleasure to read. Frederick
has made an important contribution to art history as well as Native
Sullivan, Director, THE HEARD MUSEUM, Phoenix, AZ:
"A solid, well-researched, readable work that will be of enduring
value. A fascinating and poignant story. He and his work represent
a real benchmark in Native American painting."
Steve Block, INTERNET BOOK REVIEW (Nov. 12, 1995):
"Cannon is thought by many to have brought Native American
art into the modern era with his adaptations from old photographs,
his bold use of color, and his portrayal of contemporary Indian
life. An honest, heartfelt work and a fitting tribute."
Remembered Muse (Tosca), 1978
first edition, signed by the author, $50 each.