Anita Kunz is a renowned Canadian-born artist and illustrator whose work has been published internationally for nearly three decades. Her work is characterized by an interest in politics, social justice and the human condition. Recently Kunz shifted focus from overt political commentary to archetypal and anthropological themes. The body of work presented in Chimera examines gender politics and our relation to animals by merging human and animal characteristics with her usual wit and immaculate technique. Ghostprint will also show a selection from Kunz’s 100 Nudes, (droll drawings of famous men worldwide).
Kunz feels that before mainstream media became so conservative and politically correct, she had the freedom to make her earlier work more daring. She now feels compelled to make personal work that is one-hundred percent her own. “I’d prefer making work that is somehow meaningful and maybe open for debate than something that may be considered purely decorative.”
Some highlights among Anita’s many honors: in 2003 she became the first woman and the first Canadian to have a solo show at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C; she presented a TED Talk in California about her numerous New Yorker Magazine covers in 2007; she was named Officer of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor, in 2009; her work was included in a collection of work curated by Lady Gaga for Polaroid that was shown at the Phillips de Pury Gallery in New York in 2011; and in 2012 she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal of honor.
Kunz’s works are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Archives of Canada, Le Musée Militaire de France in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome.
Kunz’s clients include Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications. In addition, she has also illustrated more than 50 book covers.