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Author Pardue, Diana F., author.

Title Awa Tsireh, Pueblo painter and metalsmith / Diana F. Pardue, Norman L. Sandfield.

Publication Info. Phoenix : Heard Museum, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    709.2 Awa Tsireh PAR    Available
Description 160 pages : illustrations (some color), genealogical table, color map, portraits ; 26 cm
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Note Photography of Heard Museum and Norman L. Sandfield collections, Craig Smith; editing, design, and production, Carol Haralson.
Summary "Alfonso Roybal, better known as Awa Tsireh (meaning Cat Tail Bird in the Tewa language), was born in the small pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico, in 1898. He became arguably the finest Native American painter of the first half of the 20th century. He was written about at length, and his watercolors were shown in museums and galleries across the country, often with the assistance of distinguished patrons. To date, the authors have documented more than four hundred of Awa Tsireh's paintings in numerous private collections and more than thirty museums. Awa Tsireh's metalwork in silver, copper, and aluminum is a completely different story. This book brings together more of his metalwork than has previously been shown in one setting. Awa Tsireh created jewelry, platters, and other serviceware at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where he worked with other Native silversmiths, many to date unidentified, in the summer months during the 1930s and 1940s. Rarely has Awa Tsireh's metalwork bought by Trading Post visitors made its way into museum collections. Awa Tsireh's recognizable and charming imagery and the quality of his hand and imagination, however, illuminate all of his pieces. His metalwork is further evidence that the Pueblo artist's talent transcended medium, material, and milieu."--Verso of cover (front flap).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 144-147) and index.
Contents Director's foreword / David M. Roche -- Collector's statement / Norman L. Sandfield -- Cat Tail Bird -- Dancing on the world stage -- Era of florescence -- At the Garden of the Gods -- Poetry in metal -- An Awa Tsireh metalwork gallery -- Studies in attribution -- Other metalsmiths at the Garden of the Gods -- A hallmark sampler -- Travel distances -- Family tree -- Acknowledgments.
Subject Awa Tsireh, 1898-1955.
Garden of the Gods Trading Post -- History.
Tewa art -- 20th century.
Tewa painting -- 20th century.
Pueblo artists -- Biography.
Pueblo art -- 20th century.
Pueblo painting -- 20th century.
Indian metal-work -- Colorado -- Manitou Springs.
Art metal-workers -- Colorado -- Manitou Springs.
San Ildefonso Pueblo (N.M.) -- Biography.
Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs, Colo.) -- History.
Tewa artists -- Biography.
Added Author Sandfield, Norman L., 1945- author.
Smith, Craig, 1959- photographer.
Haralson, Carol, editor, book designer.
Heard Museum.
ISBN 9780934351911 (paperback)
0934351910 (paperback)

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