In­no­va­tive Ar­ti­facts

The An­tique Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show puts historic art in fo­cus.

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Now in its fifth year, the An­tique Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show stands out among the Na­tive arts events hap­pen­ing across Santa Fe in its sole fo­cus of his­tor­i­cal ma­te­rial. A di­rect pre­lude to In­dian Mar­ket, this year’s An­tique Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show kicks off Tues­day, Au­gust 14, and con­tin­ues through Fri­day, Au­gust 17.

The show wel­comes more than 65 knowl­edge­able Amer­i­can In­dian art deal­ers, in­clud­ing Blue Rain Gallery, Buf­falo Barry’s In­dian Art, Four Winds Gallery, John C. Hill An­tique In­dian Art, KR Martin­dale Gallery, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Miles & Miles Trad­ing Co., Trotta-bono Ltd. and Turkey Moun­tain Traders, who will show­case thou­sands of pieces of historic Na­tive art.

“In Au­gust, the place to ac­quire the high­est qual­ity an­tique Na­tive Amer­i­can art is the An­tique Amer­i­can In­dian Show. My gallery has a large booth at the show, and I al­ways save a few spe­cial items for the event,” says Mark Sublette, pres­i­dent and CEO of Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery. This year, among the items at his booth are a Navajo Six Fig­ure Yei rug and a Teddy Weah­kee-de­signed neck­lace and ear­ring set.

Steve Beg­ner of Turkey Moun­tain Traders will bring a rare sil­ver and turquoise bracelet from Acoma Pue­blo, among other items, and he says, “We al­ways look for­ward to ex­hibit­ing at the show. It is the best show of its type in the world, and we al­ways look for­ward to see­ing clients and friends, both old and new.”

Also at the show will be a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion on Ger­man­town weav­ings, dubbed First Mod­ern Art be­cause of their in­no­va­tive color use. The pieces were cre­ated around 1870 to 1900 with yarn com­mer­cially spun and dyed in Ger­man­town, Penn­syl­va­nia. “They’re al­most like paint­ings done in wool,” says show pro­ducer and tex­tile ex­pert Kim Martin­dale. “There’s one type called an eye­daz­zler, with con­trast­ing col­ors right next to each other. It’s so vi­brant, some­thing we don’t see in paint­ing un­til the mod­ern era. In 1870 and 1880 no one was paint­ing like this yet!”

This year, the An­tique Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show is

proud to par­tic­i­pate in the newly styled Na­tive Art Week, which en­com­passes all the Na­tive art events oc­cur­ring in Santa Fe sur­round­ing In­dian Mar­ket. “Santa Fe In­dian Mar­ket is re­ally the an­chor event for the con­tem­po­rary art por­tion of Na­tive Art Week, while we’re the historic an­chor,” says Martin­dale. “The whole city is en­gaged in the Na­tive Amer­i­can art com­mu­nity, as well as all the peo­ple coming in from all over the coun­try. It’s the mo­ment for Amer­i­can In­dian art— there’s no place like this at any other time.”

A lunchtime lec­ture se­ries spon­sored by Na­tive Amer­i­can Art will take place dur­ing the show as part of Na­tive Art Week. The dis­cus­sions will take place Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day, with the fi­nal lec­ture on col­lect­ing historic and con­tem­po­rary Na­tive art be­ing mod­er­ated by Na­tive Amer­i­can Art ed­i­tor Joshua Rose.

6. A bat­tle scene from The Ami­don, un­known artist, prob­a­bly Jaw (Ćehu΄pa), Sioux, ca. 1880, graphite and color pen­cil, 217/8 x 167/8" framed. Cour­tesy Thomas Cleary.7. Navajo Six Fig­ure YeiRug, ca. 1920s, 79½ x 67". Cour­tesy Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery.8. Roys­ton turquoise neck­lace and cuff. Cour­tesy Miles & Miles Trad­ing Co. 9. The An­tique Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show is an an­chor of the first Na­tive Art Week.

11.Hopi stacked Koyemsi Katsi­nam, ca. 1910. Cour­tesy Buf­falo Barry’s In­dian Art.

10.Black­foot War Shirt, ca. 1870. Cour­tesy Mys­tic War­riors.

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