Kindred Spirits, Native American Influences on 20th Century Art

October 29, 2011 – January 28, 2012
at Peter Blum SoHo

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International Herald Tribune
January 6, 2012

‘Kindred Spirits: Native American Influences on 20th Century Art’ (through Jan. 28) This fraught yet exhilarating exhibition centers on a shatteringly beautiful array of American Indian art, including chalky Mimbres burial bowls, electrifying Navajo blankets, Western Apache baskets and dazzling earthenware of Zia, Zuni and Acoma derivation. Works by 20th-century artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Bruce Nauman attest to the influence of these objects but rarely equal their seamless unity of material, technique and expression. Books and photographs dating from the mid-19th-century onward indicate another unequal contest, this one between indigenous peoples and often admiring white interlopers. Peter Blum Gallery, 99 Wooster Street, (212) 343-0441, peterblumgallery.com. (Smith)