Jimmie Durham’s Self-Portrait: “As Large as Life, and Twice as Natural!”

By Greta Murphy.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The American-born artist Jimmie Durham is internationally known for the conceptual strength of his work. In the United States, however, he is perhaps better known as an artist of mixed Cherokee Indian and European ancestry, a point that leads some people to question his racial and cultural authenticity. His 1986 Self-Portrait addresses this issue in terms of the “racial grotesque.”

Keywords: Jimmie Durham, Race, Authenticity, Gender, Native American, Contemporary Art, Sculpture, Art

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 933.016KB).

Dr. Greta Murphy

Assistant Professor of Art History, Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

Dr. Murphy received her Ph.D.in Native North American Art History from the University of New Mexico. She specializes in contemporary Native American art, with a special interest in its collision with the nineteenth-century race studies that continue to define it. She is Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion at Northern Arizona University.


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