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Modern by Tradition: American Indian Painting in the Studio Style

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Price: $29.95
Item Number: 8089013291
The fine-art studio of the Santa Fe Indian School, Directed by noted educator, curator, and author Dorothy Dunn beginning in 1932, was a major force in bringing American Indian painting to national worldwide attention. Through the collection that Dunn assembled over a lifetime, important works by such distinguished artists as Allan Houser, Joe H. Herrera, Oscar Howe, and Pablita Velarde exemplify the Studio’s emphasis on a naturalistic flat-art style and Dunn’s educational approach that encouraged “traditional modernism” as a synthesis of ancient and contemporary forms.

 

Indian painters were the first modernists, creating graceful, elegant, and abstractly emblematic works that came to be associated with the century’s avant-garde. In a period when phenomenal forces were coalescing in Indian arts and a national movement was afoot to create world attention for Native art and cultural preservation both, Dunn’s transformational philosophy of art teaching, which abandoned Western European models and emphasized Indian cultural and visual traditions as the only valid sources for art-making, brought Indian art and artists to deserved distinction.

Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995.
Paperback, 176 pages.


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