Scholder regularly worked on a large scale, and his paintings, as well as works on paper are bold, strikingly colorful compositions. Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980 is a groundbreaking exhibition featuring more than 40 works and is the first to examine the ways Scholder attacked stereotypes about Native Americans. Included in the exhibition are items from his initial and controversial Indian Series, begun in 1967, when Bonanza was still the most popular program on television. The exhibition concludes with his Indian Land paintings of 1980. Super Indian demonstrates how, in little more than a decade, Scholder worked against tradition and expectations to create contemporary compositions that reshaped the art of the American West.
Fritz Scholder, Super Indian No. 2, 1971. Oil paint on canvas, 90 x 60 in. Promised Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. © Estate of Fritz Scholder.
Organized by the Denver Art Museum, Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980 brings together works from multiple private and public collections, including the Phoenix Art Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars, artists and collectors. Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980, is organized by the Denver Art Museum and is supported by Vicki and Kent Logan, Western Art Associates and Richard B. and Patricia E. Nolan.
Fritz Scholder, Matinee Cowboy and Indian, 1978. Oil paint on canvas, 80 x 68 in. Promised Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. All rights reserved. © Estate of Fritz Scholder.
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