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In this catalog, Sims (curator, Museum of Art & Design, New York City) and Truman T. Lowe and Paul Chaat Smith, co-curators of the corresponding exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, explore the work of Fritz Scholder (1937-2005). He began his career as a pop art-influenced expressionist in the West Coast figurative tradition and, in the late 1960s, gained fame for his radical images of Native Americans. Scholder was one-fourth Native, having a Luiseño grandmother, but also identified with his German and English backgrounds. Inspired by artists such as the Englishman Francis Bacon and the Norwegian Edvard Munch, some of his images developed psychologically disturbing motifs, such as drunk Indians, skulls, paint-smeared faces, crucifixions, Indians shot at Wounded Knee, vampire kisses, and monsters. Scholder was a controversial figure in his lifetime and remains so today. In the important last chapter, people who knew him in different capacities talk frankly in a roundtable discussion about his struggle with issues of Indian identity. Academic and public libraries may want to consider putting this in either the Native American art section or the 20th-century art section.
—Anne Marie Lane