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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's Homeland, 2017

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (American, born 1940). Homeland, 2017. Mixed media on canvas, 48 x 72 inches (121.9 x 182.9 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Pending Acquisition Funds, 2018 (2018:12). Image courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York. © Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

© Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Native American, born 1940

Homeland, 2017

mixed media on canvas

support: 48 x 72 inches (121.92 x 182.88 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Bequest of John Mortimer Schiff, by exchange, 2018

2018:12

Currently On View

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Provenance

from the artist to Garth Greenan Gallery, New York;
sold to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, June 26, 2018

Class

Paintings (visual works)

Work Type

Painting (visual work)

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Homeland belongs to a body of paintings that artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith has created since the 1990s in which she explores the intersection of identity and place through the schematic map of the United States. Here, multicolored rays and a pattern of concentric circles overlay and, in places, overwhelm conventional state-based divisions. The former emanates from a point in the northwest: the location of the Flathead Reservation in Montana where Smith grew up. In redefining the contours of the country outward from this spot, Smith counters the presumption that a nation’s “heart” should be centered in its political, financial, or cultural capitals—such as Washington, D.C., New York, or Los Angeles. In doing so, she raises questions about where we find our own centers and how we form our identities in relation to our concept of home. 

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