Kindred Spirits, Native American Influences on 20th Century Art
October 29, 2011 – January 28, 2012
at Peter Blum SoHo
The Western Canon
New York Magazine
November 17, 2011
“Kindred Spirits, Native American Influences on 20th Century Art,” at Peter Blum’s Soho location, is a tightly curated, museumworthy survey of Native American art’s multileveled, many-splendored reach, and it’s rife with breathtaking masterpieces. Diagrams of Navajo sand paintings are set adjacent to drawings by Jackson Pollock that come directly out of these medicine-man drawings. Austere geometric drawings by Josef Albers and Agnes Martin are extraordinary echoes of the Native American rugs. A Georgia O’Keeffe is as rough and raw as a nearby wool blanket. Virtually everything on view in this labor of love and scholarship opens the mind and dazzles the eye (through January 14).