Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Autry Museum of Western Heritage

Return to the Indian Building
oil on linen
24 x 30 in.

Masters of The American West

Please click on the Artists' names to take you to their website.
All photos were taken with my iPhone so they are not print quality.

Here's some majestic spiritual, Native American Flute music f
rom R. Carlos Nakai - Kokopelli Wind

Honeymoon at Crow Fair
(Marjorie and Frank Sands Patron' Choice Award, and The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture.)

From the website:
"The Autry’s Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale is considered the country’s premier Western art show. Each year, more than 75 nationally recognized, contemporary Western artists challenge themselves to create and exhibit their very best work. Stylistically and thematically diverse, their works represent the extraordinary range of subject matter that contemporary, historic, and mythic Western experiences inspire."

My parents looking at a painting by Z.S. Liang, called Solicitation for Leadership  (95,000 and it, like most all the others on this post, was sold.)

Even with it being all figurative work (realism, non abstract etc) there was quite a variety, and all of the pieces are for sale. Most of the work had been sold by the time we all met there for my grandma's birthday. She was so excited to go see the show and I hadn't gone for a couple of years.

Z.S. Liang
Keeper of the Thunder Medicine Pipe
Oil on linen canvas
48 x 28 in.

This following piece was so beautiful, especially in person. Beautiful light!! My favorite of the show.

George Hallmark
The Prayer
oil on linen
24 x 20 in.

For landscapes, these following smaller pieces were just jewels! So beautiful! I want to look at more work by this artist. I wonder if he teaches workshop. I mean, seriously.

Cyrus Afsary
After the Rain
oil on linen
16 x20 in.

Cyrus Afsary
oil on linen
18 x 24 in.

Really loved this piece below, as well. Large and very abstract the way he did the composition. Beautiful work.

Len Chmiel
Geological Illusions
38 x 39 in.

George Carlson
Witness of Time
oil on linen
42 x 42 in.
(Ross and Billie McKnight Artist' Choice Award, and Masters of the American West Purchase Award)

This piece above won all sorts of awards. The light was wonderful and the texture was so cool, so I'm posting a detail of it, underneath.

Here is an interview with the artist ...

John Coleman
In the Shadow of Ancestors
oil on canvas
50 x 34 in.
(Same artist that did the large bronze sculpture, second photo from the top. Love the way he paints skin and the shadow of the fringe or her knee was amazing.)

Quiet Steps
5 x 10 in.
(So detailed and lovely! This was a treasure of a painting!)

Interview with the artist above. Great after 2:00 especially.

Calvin Liang
Sunset Sailing in Newport Beach
oil on canvas
18 x 24 in.
(My mom was freaking out over this. She's a painter too.)

From Calvin Liang Workshop

This following portrait is a small piece by Mian Situ. He usually has my favorite pieces in the show. They are always stunning. You should really check him out online. You will be blown away.

Mian Situ
The Blue Scarf
oil on canvas
12 x 9 in.

This is a slideshow of his work. :)

Here is Mian Situ interviewed ...

Jeremy Lipking (below) is an artist whose work I have been following for years. A friend of mine and I went to a show 10 or 15 years ago, I think in West Hollywood. I can't remember, but the first work I saw was a beautiful nude in the woods, painted so gorgeously with these luscious strokes of oil paint that reminded me of John Singer Sargent.

Jeremy Lipking
Walk Through Painted Deserts
oil on linen

The next one is by Lipking, as well. Explore his work here when you get the chance.

Jeremy Lipking
Young Girl in Profile
oil on linen
20 x 16 in.

Jeremy Lipking
Riders Under Vermilion Cliffs
oil on linen
8 x 10 in.

Below, another great exhibition. After seeing the little moccasins in one of the paintings above, it got my wheels turning about subject matter. (I have Iroquois on my dad's side.)

I put a piece of myself, my family, and my ancestors 
in every piece I make.
I want everyone to see and feel how my people would have lived 
hundreds of years ago, 
for each piece I make is done the old way.
~Glenda McKay

Sioux-Métis frock coat
Deerskin, cotton, wool, glass beads, quills, silk ribbon, sinew
Collection of John and Marva Wamock

Métis pants with attached half-leggings
Buckskin, cotton velvet metal, silk thread
Gift of Mrs. Camilla Chandler Frost

The symbol projected on the floor, below, is symbolic of the Native North American worldview. The equal-armed cross represents the four cardinal directions and the three layers of the universe, encircled by the life-giving sun.

I screwed up on the info for the beautiful Moccasins below. They are either Tahltan before 1938 (Matilda Reid) or Kutchin from 1951 (Katherine Peter.) Sorry!

Kiowa cradleboard
late 1800s
Wood, hide, cotton, glass beads, brass, rawhide, sinew, pigment
Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

Blackfoot gauntlets
Circa 1900-1915
Hide, glass beads
James R. Parks Collection

Dakota Shoulder puch
skin, flannel, ribbon, glass beads
Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection

Delaware bandolier bag
circa 1860
Cotton cloth, silk ribbon, wool yarn, glass beads.
"The Delaware artist who made this bag had already been forcibly relocated to a reservation in Indian Territory. Despite being made after removal, the bag's traditional Delaware essence remains.
Collection of John and Marva Warnock.

Grandmother used to bead medicine flowers 
onto their homemade items such as moccasins and bags 
because white people, especially missionaries, 
disapproved of Mdewakanton women using medicines.
~Delores Bluestone

The Plateau

Nez Perce or Yakama cradleboard
circa 1890
Buckskin, glass beads, brass beads, wool cloth, wood
Lee and lois Miner

Maynard White Owl Lavandour
Cayuse/Nez Perce
Moose hide, glass beads

My teachers are the beadwork's of the past.
I am inspired by the forms, colors, and textures of the world around me.
~Katrina Mitten

My Grandma Beverly and I on her 93rd birthday!

For more information, check out the Autry Museum Website.

Blessings and light!


Rick Forrestal said...

I've known about the Autry National Museum, and always wanted to vist (but not yet.) What a magnificent show. (Great coverage, by the way.)
I am officially jealous.

I've been at a great Native American museum in Tulsa (can't think of the name), but this collection tops that.

And that bead work. (Be still my heart.) Grandma looks great.

As always, thanks for covering, thanks for sharing.


donna baker said...

It's the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The Univ. of OK has a ton of stuff and for that matter, so does the Gilcrease, that is locked away and never gets shown. Not enough room I suppose to display. I'm a sucker for beadwork; will never part with my collection. My daughter works for the Cherokee Nation and is to work on a project at the Native American Museum for The Smithsonian in DC. We see a lot of NA art in OK.

Le monde dÖ said...

Thank you for this fascinating visit!

Candy said...

Lucinda, you have great genes!

What a wonderful museum and a great way to celebrate a 93rd birthday.

Thank you for such a beautiful post. I like all of the paintings. I think my favorite is Walk Through Painted Deserts.

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful images, one and all.
happy birthday Beverly!
happy Spring Lucinda!

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