Modern by Tradition: American Indian Painting in the Studio Style

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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 and worldwide attention. Dunn encouraged students to pursue their own Native artistic tradition, expressing that tradition through a modern language of symbolism and abstraction. Two essays, one by art historian Rushing and the other by anthropologist Bernstein accompany 125 works collected by Dunn, painted by artists such as Joe H. Herrera, Pablita Velarde, Oscar Howe, and Gerald Nailor. 10.25x11.25" Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Modern by Tradition: American Indian Painting in the Studio Style presents the form, style, and pictorial intention behind the finest artists to emerge from the Studio, the renowned art program developed at the Santa Fe Indian School in the 1930s by Dorothy Dunn. Featuring provocative essays by noted art historian W. Jackson Rushing and anthropologist Bruce Bernstein and 120 beautifully reproduced works by artists such as Joe Herrera, Pablita Velarde, Oscar Howe, and Gerald Nailor, Modern by Tradition takes the first exclusive look at the Studio Style of modern Indian Painting since Dunn's landmark American Indian Painting (1968). Winner, RMBPA, Jacket/Cover Design, 1996. Runner-up, RMBPA, Trade Book Illustrated, 1996

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Bruce Bernstein is the former executive director of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which sponsors Santa Fe Indian Market. He is the former assistant director for research and collections at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and the former director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (Museum of New Mexico). He is the author of Santa Fe Indian Market: A History of Native Arts and the Marketplace (Museum of New Mexico Press).

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