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July 20, 2017

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Monster Indian, 1968.

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Super Indian debuts in Denver

The Fritz Scholder exhibit is on now through January 17, 2016

Fritz Scholder didn’t consider himself an Indian, but he became known as a leader of the New American Indian Art movement. Born in Breckenridge, Minnesota in 1937 (he died in 2005), his paternal grandmother was a member of the Luiseño tribe of Mission Indians. Though he defied the label “Native American artist” throughout his career, he’s perhaps best known for his Indian series, started in 1967 and controversial because he depicted Native Americans with national clichés like American flags, beer cans and cats. Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980, on now through January 17, 2016 at the Denver Art Museum, begins with the Indian series and ends with his 1980 Indian Land paintings. Scholder’s work echoes figurative and pop art influences; central elements are vibrant colour, energetic brushwork and a focus on the figure. The exhibit will travel to the Phoenix Art Museum in February 2016 and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas in June 2016. Adults US$13; under 18 free. tel: (720) 865-5000; denverartmuseum.org.

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