Sun Dogs and Eagle Down: The Indian Paintings of Bill Holm

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Juni 2000



Bill Holm is internationally recognized as a leading expert on Northwest Coast, Plateau, and Plains Indian art. As curator emeritus of Native American art at the Burke Museum, professor emeritus of art history at the University of Washington, and author of numerous books and articles, including the classic work Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, he has established an unparalleled reputation as a scholar, teacher, and craftsman. For many years he has also produced detailed paintings that draw on his ethnographic expertise to recreate the settings in which the old Native American art objects were used.This eagerly awaited book makes available for the first time forty-nine full-color reproductions of Bill Holm's paintings of traditional Indian scenes, produced from the 1950s to the present. Also included are small watercolors and drawings Holm has made on envelopes, and three-dimensional pieces, some of which were created as artifacts for the paintings. In addition to being visually effective, the pictures provide a wealth of ethnographic detail, from the eagle down scattered by the Kwakiutl to welcome important guests, to the sun dogs -- bright spots near the horizon that mimic the sun -- featured in myths from many northern tribes. A lengthy descriptive caption by the artist accompanies each painting.Steven Brown's essay offers a rich balance of scholarly information, sensitive critical analysis of individual works, and warmly personal anecdotes. He positions Holm's scholarship in terms of his development as a fine artist, interweaving Holm's curatorial activities and art historical writings with his corpus of paintings.Lloyd Averill's concise, extensivelyresearched chronology is packed with useful and interesting information. He provides in addition a complete bibliography of works by and about Bill Holm. His chronology includes Holm's long relationship with the Kwakwaka'wakw and with coastal Natives, his association with Bill Reid


Contents List of Color Plates Preface Sun Dogs and Eagle Down: The Indian Paintings of Bill Holm by Steven C. Brown A Bill Holm Chronology and Bibliography by Lloyd J. Averill


Steven C. Brown is associate curator of Native American art at the Seattle Art Museum. He is the author of "Native Visions: Evolution in Northwest Coast Art from the Eighteenth through the Twentieth Century." Lloyd J. Averill is senior lecturer emeritus in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. He is the author, with Daphne Morris, of "Northwest Coast Native and Native-Style Art: A Guidebook for Western Washington."


"This book is a delight to the eye, an interesting read, a solid contribution to scholarship and an appropriate celebration of an exceptional artist whose knowledge of Native American material culture is unparalleled." Aldona Jonaitis, author of From the land of the Totem Poles "Bill Holm's important historical paintings of plains, Plateau and Northwest Coast peoples rank with the 19th-century Bodmers and Catlins." Janet Catherine Berlo, author of The early years of Native American art history
EAN: 9780295979472
ISBN: 029597947X
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2000
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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