Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian

Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian

by Lowery Stokes Sims
     
 


Now available again, this stunning volume examines the life and work of Fritz Scholder, the most influential, successful, and controversial Native American artist of the twentieth century. In the 1960s and '70s, the notion of American Indian art was turned on its head by artists who fought against prejudice and popular cliches. At the forefront of this revolution…  See more details below

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Now available again, this stunning volume examines the life and work of Fritz Scholder, the most influential, successful, and controversial Native American artist of the twentieth century. In the 1960s and '70s, the notion of American Indian art was turned on its head by artists who fought against prejudice and popular cliches. At the forefront of this revolution was Scholder (1937-2005), whose portrayals of Native American life combined realism, tragedy, and spirituality with the genres of abstract expressionism and pop art. This volume features hundreds of works from Scholder's career as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. Essays explore the artist's major themes-humanity's place in the natural world, ancient mythical beings, women, Christian iconography, the millennium, and the afterlife as well as Scholder's role in the Native American community and the art world. A fascinating figure who fearlessly took on his own contradictions and those of his times, Scholder continues to generate passionate discussion. Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian offers a lively, insightful exploration of his place in twentieth-century American art history as a colourist, expressionist, and figurative painter.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791351117
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
05/18/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Curator and scholar LOWERY STOKES SIMS has written extensively on artists of color in the global arena.

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