New Zealand artist Susan Te Kahurangi King (born 1951) has been making mesmerizing, bold, colorful drawings since she was a young girl. Only recently, though, has her work begun to attract worldwide attention and acclaim. As a young child, King stopped speaking and has since been diagnosed as autistic. But King always communicated through her art, creating worlds in her drawings populated by cartoon characters and abstract, chaotic landscapes. King’s family recognized her talent early on and has kept a careful archive of her work. Now, King’s work has been shown across the United States and internationally and is in the collection of several major museums. Her first museum exhibition is now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.


The catalogue of the exhibition, The Drawings of Susan Te Kahurangi King, will soon be available through D.A.P./Artbook. The book includes essays by curator Tina Kukielski and artist and writer Gary Panter, and a poem by artist Amy Sillman. An interview with King’s sister Petita Cole provides insight into the artist’s childhood, creative motivations, and artistic practice. The book is King’s first major monograph publication and features artwork that has never been shown or published publicly.