The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez

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"The ceramicist Maria Poveka Martinez (1887-1980), known to the world as "Maria," continues, more than two decades after her death, to be the most famous and recognizable Native American artist ever known. The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez is Richard L. Spivey's tribute to a friendship with a great artist that began with Maria's son Popovi Da and extended to Maria and to many of her family members who joined over the years in the collaborations that brought San Ildefonso ceramic art to the world while reviving its ancient roots for every
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"The ceramicist Maria Poveka Martinez (1887-1980), known to the world as "Maria," continues, more than two decades after her death, to be the most famous and recognizable Native American artist ever known. The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez is Richard L. Spivey's tribute to a friendship with a great artist that began with Maria's son Popovi Da and extended to Maria and to many of her family members who joined over the years in the collaborations that brought San Ildefonso ceramic art to the world while reviving its ancient roots for every generation of artist to come." Two hundred examples of Maria's pottery are reproduced, many heretofore hidden in private collections and museum storage. Among these are nine magnificent storage jars comprising the entirety of the artist's production in this form. The author's long association with the family yields reflections on the artist and her important collaborative relationships with Julian Martinez, their son Popovi Da, and daughter-in-law Santana Martinez. The artistic achievements of Maria and Julian's descendants document significant developments in Pueblo ceramics at San Ildefonso. Many of grandson Tony Da's works are assembled for the first time.
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Why another book about Maria Martinez (1887-1980), the most famous of all pueblo potters and perhaps the most famous Native American artist of the 20th century? Recommendations for this book include its being a thorough update of Spivey's 1979 Maria and the most comprehensive guide to Martinez's work available. Spivey's depth of knowledge of traditional pottery methods and intimacy with the work of Martinez and related San Ildefonso Pueblo potters have made him a leading expert on the subject of pueblo pottery. Working with the guidance and support of the Martinez family, Spivey has created a book that will be of interest to collectors who want to learn about symbolism, signatures, and awards; environmentalists and lovers of Native American culture concerned about conservation and other native values reflected in the art form; and art historians interested in the genealogy of the famous families and the philosophy of pueblo art. The book is illustrated with over 200 photographs, the text is extremely readable, and the photographic documentation and bibliography are excellent. This deeply informative work is recommended for larger public libraries, academic libraries, and specialized collections.-Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890134191
  • Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 12.38 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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