Deconstructing the Myth of the American Indian!

"Standing Indian," 1972
Fritz Scholder

"Blessingway," 2011
Kirby Kendrick

Deconstructing the myth of the American Indian!

In 1967, Fritz Scholder began his unconventional paintings of American Indians. These paintings destroyed the accepted picturesque imagery that had heretofore masked the Indian. Scholder with his bold forms and bright colors demands a personal involvement with the human being…The American Indian. Fritz Scholder was one of the most renowned American Indian artists of the 20th century.

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  1. Lydia Pettis January 19, 2012 at 2:23 am - Reply

    I got interested in Fritz Scholder, and I found out he is one fourth American Indian. That apparently was enough to light up his passion for painting his brethren. Kirby, you’re making me more and more interested in history and culture and how they impact art. And then I’m thinking that all those influences find their way into your work, too. I’ll pass this on to son Robert, who, back in his college days, became interested in American Indians and how they have been depicted in films. Thanks. Lydia

  2. ellen January 20, 2012 at 4:51 am - Reply

    beautiful! love this series! your work always stuns me and demands my attention. so strong, so beautiful!

  3. Jeanne mcclung January 20, 2012 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Kirby, I’m really excited about your blog! So far, I like your pictures better than the Old Masters. Keep Painting and writing, I’m learning from you and I love it.

  4. Diane Rudy January 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I love you post. They are always so informational. Small jewels of enlightenment on artists through time.
    Your paintings are a joy to view!! I love, “Bessingway”! Terrific composition, structural quality and painterly quality that you brought to your painting.

    I look forward to receiving your next blog.

  5. Donna Turner January 23, 2012 at 1:29 am - Reply

    I am happy to discover your blog. It’s a fun way to learn about art history, which I really want to do, but don’t know where to start. I think I’ll start here!

  6. Susie Snyder February 1, 2012 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Your new pieces look great Kirby! I am in SD till Mid March. Let’s get together! Maybe a pedicure or a cuppa tea/ glass of wine Are you in SD? “The Art of the Steal” Sounds fascinating – I just found Part 1 of the movie on Youtube . Many yrs. ago I saw pieces from the Barnes In Fort Worth @ the Kimbel Museum – that was a violation of the will back then – supposedly justified to cover expenses at the Barnes….
    I really enjoyed your blog.
    Take Care ,


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