Awa Tsireh Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith by Diana F. Pardue and Norman SandfieldItem No: 7400
Alfonso Roybal, better known as Awa Tsireh (Cat Tail Bird in the Tewa language), was born in the small pueblo of San Ildefonso, New Mexico, in 1898. He became arguably the finest Native American painter of the first half of the 20th century. To date, the authors have documented more than 400 of Awa Tsireh’s paintings in numerous private collections, and more than 30 museums.
- Authors: Diana F. Pardue and Norman L. Sandfield
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Heard Museum (June 10, 2017)
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.2 inches
Diana F. Pardue is curator of collections at the Heard Museum, where her work has included historic and contemporary Native American arts. She is the author of numerous books including Shared Images: The Innovative Jewelry of Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird; and Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry, co-authored with Norman L. Sandfield. Norman L. Sandfield is an internationally known collector and antique dealer in Chicago who has specialized in fine antique and contemporary Japanese toggles, known as netsuke, for more than 40 years. He has been a collector for all of his personal and professional life. This is his third book and exhibition in collaboration with the Heard Museum. The first, Old Traditions in New Pots: Silver Seed Pots from the Norman L. Sandfield Collection, written with Tricia Loscher (2007), featured the work of over seventy Native American artists. This led to an award-winning book with curator Diana F. Pardue, Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry (2011), updating the history and art of the bolo tie.
Awa Tsireh (February 1, 1898 – March 30, 1955), was a San Ildefonso Pueblo painter also known as Alfonso Roybal and Cattail Bird. He was part of the art movement known as the San Ildefonso Self-Taught Group.
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