Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide

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9781933855752: Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide

The traditional arts of the Southwest are brought together in one volume for the first time. Comprehensive descriptions of Native American and Hispano art are accompanied by full-color photographs of art from museums, galleries, and private collections. Lose yourself in the stunning pottery, weavings, jewelry, carvings, and architecture of the Southwest.

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Margaret Moore Booker is the author of numerous books and articles on art, architecture, and women's history, including "The Santa Fe House." She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Southwest Art Defined is essentially an image-rich encyclopedia (remember those?) of anything that pertains to Native American and Hispanic art. From the first entry (Acoma Pueblo Pottery) to the last (Zuni Pueblo Pottery), Booker provides detailed information about textiles, jewelry, carvings, and architecture made in Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, and southern Colorado. Large color photographs bring the text to life. You ll see the fine black-on-white lines of centuries-old Anasazi storage jars, the frayed tassels of an early-1900s Mescalero Apache ceremonial hide skirt and poncho, and many other visuals that accentuate the artistry, history, and traditions of the region. --New Mexico Magazine

Useful as a reference for art students, historians, or instructors, yet also beautiful to simply page through, Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide is enthusiastically recommended especially for public and college library art shelves. --Midwest Book Review

This really is a multidimensional look at the American Southwest. Between the entries on mosaic inlay (which Booker says was long a characteristic of Santo Domingo and Zuni jewelry) and mud toys (traditionally made by Navajos using sifted earth and water), the author tells us about the mountain mahogany shrub, from which Native peoples made fabric and basketry dyes and weaving implements, and about mud plastering for adobe buildings. She includes entries on Spanish Pueblo Revival-style, Territorial-style, and Pueblo Deco-style architecture and also on the hogan, the Sonoran row house, and the wickiup and she couldn t restrain herself from providing a nice long entry on the bungalow, a favorite house type that she also enjoyed profiling in The Santa Fe House. --Santa Fe New Mexican

The large, glossy volume is a comprehensive reference guide to Southwestern art and culture and is filled with extensive research and gorgeous color photos. It covers both Native American and Hispano culture and art in the region, and a wide range of traditional materials, methods, and objects.... The Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award is given once each year by the Historical Society of New Mexico to the person responsible for a significant publication or outstanding arts contribution relating to New Mexico history. The society comments that Booker's Defined is "destined to be a major reference book for years to come." --Santa Fe Reporter

This really is a multidimensional look at the American Southwest. Between the entries on mosaic inlay (which Booker says was long a characteristic of Santo Domingo and Zuni jewelry) and mud toys (traditionally made by Navajos using sifted earth and water), the author tells us about the mountain mahogany shrub, from which Native peoples made fabric and basketry dyes and weaving implements, and about mud plastering for adobe buildings. She includes entries on Spanish Pueblo Revival-style, Territorial-style, and Pueblo Deco-style architecture and also on the hogan, the Sonoran row house, and the wickiup and she couldn t restrain herself from providing a nice long entry on the bungalow, a favorite house type that she also enjoyed profiling in The Santa Fe House. --Santa Fe New Mexican

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