Lavishly illustrated, "Generations "celebrates the nearly 800 works
of Native American art in The Helen Cox Kersting Collection,
including pottery, jewelry, baskets, weavings, katsinas, and
paintings. Representing the work of Native artists from the late
1800s to the present, the collection demonstrates the survival and
flowering of work by Navajo, Pueblo, and other American Indian
artists across the generations.
Helen Cox Kersting grew up in Illinois, but gained fame as an
opera star in Europe. Kersting became a sophisticated collector of
exceptional work by famed jewelers, such as Leo Poblano, John
Gordon Leak, Charles Loloma, and Frank Dishta, and she was
fascinated by the pottery of masters such as Maria Martinez, Lucy
Lewis, Margaret Tafoya, and Nampeyo. Creations by leading Native
artists today, including brilliant works by Veronica Poblano, Tammy
Garcia, Grace Medicine Flower, Jacob Koopee, and Les Namingha, were
added to the collection.
"Generations "presents a visual feast of Native arts of the
American Southwest, with approximately 550 color plates. Essays by
James H. Nottage, Diana F. Pardue (Heard Museum), and Bruce
Bernstein (Santa Fe Indian Market) provide insights into the
history of the collection.
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