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The Art of Dan Namingha
     

The Art of Dan Namingha

by Thomas Hoving
 
Among the best known and most honored living Native American artists, Dan Namingha blends realism and abstract modernism with stunning graphic power. Both a biography and a critical study, this book is the first to present Namingha's dazzling paintings and sensuous bronze sculptures inspired by the cultural symbols and landscape of the desert Southwest. Thomas Hoving

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Among the best known and most honored living Native American artists, Dan Namingha blends realism and abstract modernism with stunning graphic power. Both a biography and a critical study, this book is the first to present Namingha's dazzling paintings and sensuous bronze sculptures inspired by the cultural symbols and landscape of the desert Southwest. Thomas Hoving, former director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines Namingha's Hopi heritage (his great-grandmother was a legendary Hopi potter) and his childhood on a reservation in Arizona, and explains their influence on his art. The 120 stunning illustrations, including 80 full-color plates-ranging from the powerful Kachina series of paintings to a monumental bronze for the New Mexico state capitol-convey the stark imagery and timelessness of the works of this gifted, original, and important Pueblo artist. 120 illustrations, 80 in full color, 9 x 10 1/2"

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Alan Tack
It is this transforming, spiritual glimpse of reality afforded by his paintings and sculptures that makes Namingha and his art so compelling. For his dualistic compositions, with their interplay of positive and negative spaces and their fragmented cultural symbols, not only lead us into his own artistic consciousness, but also universalize that consciousness and invite us to explore our own passageways within—passageways where purity and simplicity of form allow us to apprehend beauty directly and to experience, if only for an unexpected moment, unity in diversity, the eternal in the transitory.
Native Peoples

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810940505
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
9.51(w) x 10.93(h) x 0.83(d)

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