The Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King (Monograph)

Aug 20, 2016

We are proud to announce the The Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King, a 112-page monograph published by ICA Miami and produced by Lucia | MarquandThe Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King is available now through DAP Art Book.

The monograph has been published in conjunction with her debut museum exhibition at ICA Miami. The book will feature essays by Tina Kukielski and Gary Panter, an interview with the artist’s sister Petita Cole, as well as a contribution by artist Amy Sillman and foreword by the museum’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Alex Gartenfeld.

“Like many so-called outsider artists, Susan Te Kahurangi King (born 1951) has an origin story. From an early age, she communicated solely through her art. The Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King reveals the various periods of the New Zealand artist’s work from that foundational moment: from her childhood drawings, to her notebooks, to her mature work of the 1970s and ’80s up until the point, sometime in the 1980s, when King stopped drawing. Also included is work made since 2008, when King returned to art, showing the artist’s recent moves beyond representation.


King’s surreal, cartoonish work triumphs in dialogue with contemporary painting and drawing, echoing the comic-inspired work of such painters as Nicole Eisenman, Laura Owens and Joyce Pensato. Work that similarly draws from the poles of an unfettered vision, on the one hand, and common pop culture iconography on the other. Yet in King’s work we see the unfiltered manifestation of a self-taught artist, whose work is always art and communication simultaneously. In addition to offering a biographical overview of King’s life, this catalog tracks the evolution of her oeuvre and provides contextualization of her art.”

The monograph was also showcased at the 2016 NY Art Book Fair, with a discussion panel featuring Gary Panter, Chris Byrne and Petita Cole; moderated by Tina Kukielski.