Dear Listener: Works by Nicholas Galanin was reviewed in the May 4 “This Week” section of the New York Times:
“Nicholas Galaninâ€™s work is powered by an explosive combination of unfiltered political provocation and lush materiality. The arresting effect is encapsulated by his title for a 2014 pair of hand-engraved plastic earrings: ‘Accessorize with these timeless beauties! Hand-carved Native rape whistle earrings featuring a traditional Tlingit lovebirds design.’ The earrings are unusual, though, in needing even that much explanation.
Take just two examples of Mr. Galaninâ€™s incandescent method from his midcareer retrospective at Phoenixâ€™s Heard Museum: a taxidermied polar bear that seems to rise out of the floor (‘We Dreamt Deaf,’ 2015); and a mass-produced fake totem pole painted to match a room-filling installation of 19th-century fruit-themed wallpaper (‘Imaginary Indian, Totem’). They deftly skip past the verbal mind to hit you right in the belly. WILL HEINRICH”