A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Eugene B. Adkins (1920-2006) spent
nearly four decades acquiring his extraordinary collection of
Native American and American southwestern art. His vast assemblage
includes paintings, photographs, jewelry, baskets, textiles, and
ceramics by many of the Southwest's most renowned artists and
artisans. This stunning volume features full-color reproductions of
significant works from the Adkins Collection, some of which are
reproduced here for the first time.
Adkins began collecting in the 1960s, when American southwestern
art enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. Ultimately his holdings
encompassed works by such distinguished American artists as Maynard
Dixon, Dorothy Eugenie Brett, Charles Bird King, Alfred Jacob
Miller, Charles M. Russell, and Joseph H. Sharp. In addition,
Adkins was a passionate and prescient connoisseur of Native
American art and artifacts, and his wide-ranging collection of
works by Native artists includes paintings by T. C. Cannon,
sculpture by Maria Martinez, and jewelry by Charles Loloma, all of
which are represented in this book.
Along with its rich photographic sampling of works by Native and
non-Native artists, "The Eugene B. Adkins Collection" offers
informative essays by art historians and curators, whose areas of
expertise coincide with Adkins's own interests. The volume also
features a foreword by David L. Boren, President of the University
of Oklahoma, and a preface by Randall Suffolk, Director of the
Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, and Ghislain D'Humieres, Director
of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma.
These two museums, which share a commitment to preserving Native
American art and artifacts, are joint stewards of the Eugene B.
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