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Art of Grace and Passion: Antique American Indian Art


The Aspen Art Museum will present a major exhibition, "Art of Grace and Passion: Antique American Indian Art," featuring rare masterworks from private Aspen collections. This one-time exhibition is on view in the lower gallery of the Museum through April 16, 2000. (left Eskimo Hat, Alaska, 1860, Private collection, Photo: David O. Marlow)

Guest curator and consultant in American Indian arts George Shaw has assembled over one hundred pieces for this exhibition. "Art of Grace and Passion: Antique American Indian Art" will feature exquisite works, dated prior to 1920, from fifteen private Aspen collections. Intricately designed masterworks will command attention throughout the gallery. Evident will be the work of exceptional artists whose process took them "outside of the box" in their expression and execution. Objects displayed represent works from various regions and cultures including Navajo weavings, Pima,Yokuts and Apache baskets, Alaskan masks, Mimbres pots, Hopi Kachina dolls, as well as works from the Crow, Sioux, Ottawa and Pawnee Indians, among many others. (right: Crow Shield, Montana, 1830, Private collection, Photo: David O. Marlow)

"We are privileged to have so many generous lenders willing to share their seldom-seen treasures with the Aspen community," states Mary Ann Igna, AAM Interim Director. "George Shaw's vast experience in the field is readily apparent in his selection of world-class objects and the wonderful essay he has written for the book accompanying the show. And we couldn't have accomplished this project without Teena Shaw's fantastic design and organizational skills." (left: Pima Basket, Arizona, 1900, Private collection, Photo: David O. Marlow)

A spectacular hard-cover book on the exhibition has been designed by George and Teena Shaw, printed in Italy, and is available at the Museum bookshop. This insightful reference book showcases the works in the show with full-color images by Aspen-based photographer David O. Marlow. (right: Hopi Kachina Dolls, Arizona, 1870-1900, Private collection, Photo: David O. Marlow)

The exhibition is funded by the Aspen Art Museum National Council, with educational program funding from Hunter Shaw and Caroline Hicks and Bert Fingerhut. Exhibition book funded by the Shaw Family Charitable Gift Fund, Rosina Lee Yue and Bert A. Lies, Jr., M.D., Margaret and Charles Balbach, Suzanne Farver, Nancy and Bob Magoon, General Service Foundation, Joyce and Bill Gruenberg, Susan and Larry Marx, Marcie and Robert Musser, US Bank, Aspen, Ann Simmons Alspaugh, Sally and Louis Kaplan, and an anonymous donor. (left:Cheyenne Dress, Oklahoma, 1875, Private collection, Photo: David O. Marlow)

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