This is shaping up to be a great year for Native American art. I know I’m a tad biased on this, but I’ve never before seen so much interest and enthusiasm for the native arts scene. Looks like the beginnings of a paradigm shift.
- Native artists and performers are being featured in major museums including the Whitney Biennial, The Met, Crystal Bridges, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and many more.
- Collectors are discovering contemporary Native artists, especially those who are breaking with convention.
- Native art is being considered for public spaces e.g., Brookfield Place is working with Native artists and performers.
Every curator, academic or collector is telling me the same thing: Keep an eye on contemporary Native Art, it’s shaping up to be the next big thing.
Of course, all this new attention creates an element of trendiness which in turn, creates opportunities for blunders, e.g., Dior’s new Sauvage fragrance commercial starring Johnny Depp has been roundly panned as being culturally insensitive. However, Rag & Bone’s new mural at their Houston Street store by Diana Garcia and Alexcia Panay is beautiful (pic below).
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