This is a 1981 color poster issued by Tally Richards Gallery of Contemporary Art, Taos, New Mexico, pencil signed at center right (green area) and dedicated "For Debbie" at left, by the famous Native American contemporary artist FRITZ SCHOLDER (1937-2005). Scholder was arguably the best known and influential Native American artist of the second half of the twentieth century. He was 1/4 Luiseno (California Mission) Indian and part German, and as a result of his mixed heritage, found himself uniquely positioned to comment on it through art. His family moved to Sacramento in the mid 1950's and he was soon enrolling at Sacramento State, where Wayne Thiebaud was one of his teachers, introducing him to Pop Art. Thiebaud also helped him launch his first solo exhibition. Over subsequent years, Scholder developed his own distinct style, mixing the contemporary with Pop Art with Southwestern imagery and culture; his vision was a fascinating mix of cultures and artistic movements. He himself became influential over another generation of artists, through his teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts at Santa Fe, New Mexico. Later in life he traveled extensively, including Egypt and North Africa. Scholder created his first etching in 1975. This print is generally clean. It is softly rumpled perhaps from age, but there is no foxing nor staining; there is some discoloration at top extreme edge from frame contact. This was found behind glass in a metal frame without mat, the glass cracked. I have discarded the glass. This can be shipped rolled in a tube or in the present metal frame without glass. The piece measures 33 1/2" by 17 3/4".
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