The Unicorn Incorporated: Curtis R. Barnes

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Edited by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker
Texts by Curtis R. Barnes, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, and Ishmael Butler

This catalogue is published by the Frye Art Museum in conjunction with its exhibition The Unicorn Incorporated, the first museum exhibition to celebrate the work and career of Seattle artist Curtis R. Barnes. For over five decades, Barnes has worked as an artist, illustrator, muralist, and community advocate. In his sculpture, painting, and drawing, he employs imagery derived from his vast experience, mystical erudition, and heritage. Throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, he produced searing social commentary in pen and ink, drawings that are as prescient and powerful today as they were then. The catalogue includes a poem by renowned musician Ishmael Butler, an extended interview with the artist, and an essay by Frye Director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker on the legendary Omowale mural.

84 pages, 10 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.
96 illustrations, 50 in color
Hardcover, 2014