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Native American art in the twentieth century : makers, meanings, histories
Rushing, W. Jackson.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
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xxi, 214 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Fewkes and Nampeyo: clarifying a myth-understanding / Joseph Traugott -- America's Pueblo artists: encounters on the borderlands / David W. Penney and Lisa A. Roberts -- James Houston, armchair tourism, and the marketing of Inuit art / Kristin K. Potter -- Contexts for the growth and development of the Indian art world in the 1960s and 1970s / Bruce Bernstein -- Towards an aboriginal art history / Gerald R. McMaster -- Art history and the Native-made object: new discourses, old differences? / Ruth B. Phillips -- Hot dogs, a ball gown, adobe, and words: the modes and materials of identity / Charlotte Townsend-Gault -- Independent identities / Lucy R. Lippard -- Sanctioned scribes: how critics and historians write the Native American art world / Margaret Dubin -- The story as primary source: educating the gaze / Joe Feddersen and Elizabeth Woody -- Seeking the spiritual / Kay Walking Stick -- Garden of the evening star / Colleen Cutschall -- Honoring / Sara Bates.
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This illuminating and provocative book is the first anthology devoted to Twentieth Century Native American and First Nation art. Native American Artbrings together anthropologists, art historians, curators, critics and distinguished Native artists to discuss pottery, painitng, sculpture, printmaking, photography and performance art by some of the most celebrated Native American and Canadian First Nation artists of our time
The contributors use new theoretical and critical approaches to address key issues for Native American art, including symbolism and spirituality, the role of patronage and musuem practices, the politics of art criticism and the aesthetic power of indigenous knowledge. The artist contributors, who represent several Native nations - including Cherokee, Lakota, Plains Cree, and those of the PLateau country - emphasise the importance of traditional stories, myhtologies and ceremonies in the production of comtemporary art. Within great poignancy, thye write about recent art in terms of home, homeland and aboriginal sovereignty
Tracing the continued resistance of Native artists to dominant orthodoxies of the art market and art history, Native American Art in the Twentieth Centuryargues forcefully for Native art's place in modern art history.

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Representing another significant step in the development of an increasingly cohesive body of contemporary literature on the history and criticism of Native American art of the 20th century, these 13 essays examine the political context of Native American art production from the 1890s to the present, exploring a range of key issues such as art's relationship to sovereignty, self-determination, and native spirituality. Despite topics as divergent as Nampeyo pottery and Colleen Cutschall's performance/installation art, the book is connected by a shared postmodernist belief that Native art has its own place in modern art separate from the dominant orthodoxies of the art market and scholarship. Rushing, an innovative and widely published scholar on 20th-century Native American art, ably edits the separate commentaries; his efforts are characteristically insightful, authoritative, and well written. Some 16 noted anthropologists, art historians, critics, curators, and practicing artists, including Lucy Lippard, Ruth Phillips, and Gerald McMaster, offer thoughtful, well-documented, and highly readable essays that discuss the art market and art world, art history and criticism, and Native traditions and values; they establish a clear postcolonial, postmodern perspective and awareness. Color plates (21); 44 black-and-white illustrations. A substantial contribution to contemporary art history and criticism. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. J. A. Day; University of South Dakota

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Editor's Foreword Acknowledgements
Part 1 Editor's Introduction
1 Fwekes and Nampeyo: Clarifying a Myth-Understanding Joseph Traugott
2 America's Pueblo Artists: Encounters on the BorderlandsDavid W. Penney and Lisa A. Roberts
3 James Houston, Armchair Tourism, and the Marketing of Inuit ArtKristin K. Potter
4 Context for the Growth and Development of the Indian Art World in the 1960's and 1970's Bruce Bernstein
Part 2 Editor's Introduction
5 Towards and Aboriginal Art History Gerald McMaster
6 Art History and the Native Made Object: New Discourses, Old Differences?Ruth B. Phillips
7 Hotdogs, A Ball Gown, Adobe and Words: The Modes and Materials of Identity Charlotte Townsend-Gault
8 Independent IndentitiesLucy R. Lippard
9 Sanctioned Scribes: How Critics and Historians Write the native American Art World Margaret Dubin
Part 3 Editor's Introduction
10 The Story as Primary Source: Educating the Gaze Joe Feddersen and Elizabeth Woody
11 Seeking the Spiritual Kay Walking Stick
12 Garden of the Evening Star Colleen Cutschall
13 Honoring Sara Bates Notes on the Contributors