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“The Space Between”: Santa Clara Carved Pottery 1920-Present

From 1922-4, Sarafina Tafoya (1863-1949) created a series of “carved” vessels. These were among the first to incorporate a style of animal figurative designs and denoted the first step to a carved style which would become part of the Pueblo’s
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AMERICA’S FIRST REVOLUTION: Jason Garcia’s Tewa Tales of Suspense! Series

Early in 2016, Jason Garcia E-mailed me, writing that he was in the process of beginning a series of prints about the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and asked if I would be interested in acquiring each work as he created it. 
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The Search For Juanita Montoya Vigil (1898-1933)

In the early years of San Ildefonso signed pottery, there are three individual potters of the same name who were all active at the same time: Juanita Gonzales (1909-1988), Juanita Pena (1900-1987) and Juanita Vigil (1898-1933). However, over the years,
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Virgil Ortiz: Taboo 2017

  Virgil Ortiz Says of his new work: “Creativity comes to me from continuing the story of my Cochiti people and how we see the world around us.  Our art from the late 1800’s told the stories of what those
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“Born of Fire: The Pottery of Margaret Tafoya”

Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya Born of Fire The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya, is a name that brings to mind a woman known for her strong will, stoicism, and traditional pottery. For her, respect and
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Peering Through Taos Light: Susan Folwell & Jody Folwell

Peering Though Taos Light:  Reflections in Clay of the Taos Society of Artists Through the Pottery of Susan Folwell and Jody Folwell The idea for the show is founded in the classic paintings of the Taos Society of Artists which
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Art Cody Haungooh: A “Reflected Light” in Pueblo Pottery

Art Cody Haungooah (1943-1985) is remembered for his innovative take on traditional Pueblo pottery.  Since the height of his fame in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, his name, unique design style and early passing has given him a certain
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: On Visiting the Hopi Mesas

Each time I have traveled to the Hopi Mesas I have been struck by the hospitality and generosity of the people.  However, too often the mainstream press has portrayed the Hopi as rigid and unwelcoming whenever they have closed their
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Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past

    Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past How does Pueblo pottery best embrace its traditions and historic past as it enters the new era of modern ceramic influences? This question, certainly more relevant today than the old trope of “what is
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Signed, “Serafina”: The Signed Pottery of SaraFina Tafoya

Sarafina Tafoya (1863-1949), Santa Clara Matriarch Understanding the signed pottery of SaraFina Tafoya from 1933 to 1949 by Charles S. King   Sara Fina Tafoya (1863-1949) is among the most renown of the early Santa Clara potters. She was the matriarch of
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Defining Diego Romero: Examining his Imagery and Iconography

Defining Diego Romero’s Imagery: For the past twenty years Diego Romero has been making art that transcends his Native American Indian heritage. While using the “traditional” materials, techniques and forms of Southwestern Indian pottery he uses comic book inspired iconography
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BACK TO THE FUTURE: IAIA Student Artists of Note – Part 2

As a former teacher, I tend to view all educational institutions with a critical eye and, it would be fair to say that, it takes a great deal to impress me.  It seems that there is often so much cant
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BACK TO THE FUTURE: IAIA Student Artists of Note – Part 1

          Sometimes in order to go forward it is necessary to go backward.  This is especially true for artists who, for inspiration, often turn to earlier artistic forms, such as ledger art, or to a time
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NATHAN YOUNGBLOOD: A Life with the Clay (An Interview)

In July, 2014, I had a chance to sit down with Santa Clara potter Nathan Youngblood in his studio near Santa Fe, NM and ask him a few questions about his art and career.  I have been lucky to be
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VIRGIL ORTIZ: Never Stop! (An Interview)

At the end of July, 2014, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Cochiti potter, designer and all-around Pueblo Renaissance artist Virgil Ortiz.  I’ve been lucky to work with him and his family for almost 15 years. 
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SMOKE SCREENS: The Uneasy Relationship Between Native Americans and the Movies

For well over a century, images of Native Americans have been flashed across movie screens worldwide.  The tales of “wild Indians” and “noble savages” that audiences devoured as emblematic of the American West were illusions on more than one level. 
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PAPER TIGERS: Another Look at Native American Works on Paper

In the minds of many, Native American artists are inexorably linked with what has come to be known as the “traditional arts” – pottery, baskets, beadwork and such.  However, while many contemporary Native artists still work in these media, more
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SUSAN FOLWELL: Pottery to be “Read” (an Interview)

On June 18, 2014, I had a chance to sit down and ask Santa Clara potter Susan Folwell a few questions about her pottery and her career.  Susan is an amazing potter and artist and her work includes numerous styles
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A PETROGLYPH PRIMER: Deer Valley Rock Art Center

When most people think of Native American art I doubt petroglyphs or other forms of rock art come to mind.  However, these ancient markings are important to understanding much of the Native art that followed, including that produced in the
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KACHINA/KATSINA: What’s in a Name?

When I first began to collect Native art in the early 1980s I did so in an encyclopedic fashion.  If I saw three pieces of pottery or four baskets, for example, and couldn’t decide which was the best among them
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On Fire! 5 Reasons to Visit the Rockwell Musuem’s New Pottery Exhibit

The Rockwell Museum in Corning, NY seems a bit of an out of the way place to find some amazing Pueblo and Tribal pottery.  However, their new exhibition, “On Fire!“, which features primarily pieces from the Cameros Collection, has some
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ADVENTURES IN COLLECTING: Facing the Challenges of Acquisition

Acquiring art for my collection has been an enjoyable process, except for figuring out how to pay for it.  Usually, that has been solved with payment plans.  In almost thirty years of collecting I’ve purchased pieces for my collection from
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Tina Diaz & Linda Cain – The Unassuming Innovators

Tina Diaz (b.1946) and her sister Linda Cain (b. 1949) are two of the seven children of potter Mary Cain (1915-2010).  They are granddaughters of Christina Naranjo (1891-1980) and great-nieces of Margaret Tafoya (1904-2001).  Such a distinguished family linage would make one think they would be bound to more
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NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T: Collecting and Provenance

          Whenever I lecture about Native art I always explain that as a collector sometimes one is given a great deal of information, sometimes just a little, sometimes none and, in some cases, misinformation.  As a beginning
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RE-SEEING THE WEST: Collecting Ledger Drawings

February, 2014 The American West is instantly recognizable to people around the world because, for generations, it has been portrayed in countless works of art.  Paintings, novels, plays, operas and, most recently, movies and TV have presented it as a
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Vassar Exhibit: Decolonizing the Exhibition: Contemporary Inuit Prints and Drawings

Here is an essay and link to the virtual version of “Decolonizing the Exhibition: Contemporary Inuit Prints and Drawings from the Edward J. Guarino Collection,” which will be on view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College through February
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EJ Guarino’s “Collector’s” Blog

January 2014 King Galleries is pleased that Edd Guarino has been a part of our website since 2007!  The opinions stated in his columns are his and do not necessarily reflect those of the gallery or its artists.  What started out as
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