Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock

Edited by David Evans Frantz and Christine Giles
Contributions by Heather Casseday, Gerald Clarke, David Evans Frantz, Christine Giles, Ashley Holland, Gordon Johnson, and Andrea Romero-Macias

Designed by Content Object: Kimberly Varella, Art Direction and Design; Sam Wagner, Assistant Designer; Lisa Doran, Project Manager
Casebound Hardcover, 136 pages
Publisher: Palm Springs Art Museum and Hirmer Publishers, 2020
ISBN: 978-3-7774-3449-0
Dimensions: 7.75 x 10.25 in.
Separations: Reproline mediateam, Unterföhring, Germany
Printing: Kösel GmbH & Co. KG, Altusried-Krugzell, Germany


This survey brings together three decades of work by contemporary Native American artist Gerald Clarke (Cahuilla). Utilizing wit and humor to expose historical and present-day injustice, Clarke brings a decolonial perspective to urgent cultural and political issues facing our world.

Gerald Clarke is an artist, university professor, cowboy, and Cahuilla tribal leader. Combining various media in his sculptures, paintings, works on paper, videos, performances and installations, Clarke derives artistic inspiration from his cultural heritage, expressing traditional ideas in contemporary forms that are both poetic and politically urgent. Clarke’s artistic output resonates with histories of assemblage, pop, and conceptual art produced by both Native and non-Native artists. This amply illustrated catalogue introduces Clarke’s work at a moment when it is profoundly necessary.









Photography by Ian Beyers-Gamber
Text excerpted from Hirmer Publishers