Fritz Scholder Smithsonian exhibitions: DC & NYC

With the announcement of Smithsonian: National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) exhibitions in DC & NYC for Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) this artists significance continues to grow.

Both shows exhibit the power of the artists work. The title of this exhibition and exploration of the artists work is appropriately titled:   Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian.  The DC location primarily focused on the Indian imagery, with a few shaman and flowers sprinkled in there. The NYC location at the George Gustav Heye Center is focused on the shamans. There is a wonderful film footage created for viewing as well as an amazing catalogue created just for these exhibitions.  The opening ceremonies were well attended by the who’s who of the Fritz Scholder fan club: collectors, curators, government officials and enthusiasts.   Karla Winterowd of Winterowd Fine Art was there with the members of the Fritz Scholder Estate.  We would most certainly recommend our collectors visit these masterful exhibitions.  In addition, there is a wonderful exhibition of Scholder’s work up here in Santa Fe at the Institute of American Indian Art Museum (IAIA Museum).   If in Santa Fe, this exhibition is a must see.  Joseph Sanchez, artist and dear friend of the late Mr. Scholder, curated the exhibition.  It is a personal view of the work and explores many realms untapped by most museums.

A listing of exhibitions:
Fritz Scholder:  Indian/Not Indian
Smithsonian Institute: National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC
November 1, 2008 through August 16, 2009
and
Smithsonian Institute: George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY
November 1, 2008 through May 17, 2009
Fritz Scholder: An Intimate Look
Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (IAIA Museum)
July 19, 2008 through  June 7, 2009

A little history on the artist:
Fritz Scholder changed the way we view contemporary native painting. The artist began creating at a young age and as a young adult studied under Wayne Thiebaud in San Francisco. He was hired as the one of the first painting instructors at the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA). Soon after moving to Santa Fe in the late 60’s, the artist began exhibiting his work and his popularity soared. He began painting Indian portraiture in a new way. Fritz Scholder was very influenced by the painters like Francis Bacon, and Francisco Goya. He painted with emotion in a non-idyllic way. His quick approach to painting became a signature of his work as much as his rendering of subject matter.

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