Lot 5 of 364:
1st US Exposition of Indian Tribal Art, 1931 imprints  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$240
Estimate:
$400 - $600

Title:
6 volumes published for the landmark New York Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts, 1931
Author:
John Sloan, Mary Austin, et al
Place:
New York
Publisher:
Grand Central Art Galleries
Date:
1931
Description:

The Exposition gave Indian Art, previously dismissed as oddities of cheap curios and souvenirs, “respectability” as a distinct traditional art form. The Grand Central Art Galleries where the exhibition was held had a reputation for promoting the avant garde in its adjoining Art School (see the five illustrated Catalogs, 1926-36, also offered in this sale).

• John Sloan and Oliver LaFarge. Introduction to American Indian Art [Part I] To Accompany the First Exhibition of American Indian Art Selected Entirely With Consideration of Esthetic Value. Original pictorial wrappers. 8.5 x 11”. 55pp.+3pp. Extensively illustrated, including 8 tipped-in color plates.
• Herbert J. Spinden, Mary Austin et al.  Introduction to American Indian Art, Part II (Sections on Fine Art and the First Americans; Indian Symbolism; Indian Poetry; Modern Indian Painting; Sand-Painting of the Navaho Indians; Indian Pottery; Indian Sculpture and Carving; Indian Masks; Indian Basketry; Indian Weaving; Indian Porcupine-Quill and Beadwork; Books on Indian Arts North of Mexico) 7.5 x 10”. 12 separate sections individually paginated, approx. 157 pp. total. Original wrappers. Profusely illustrated, one color plate tipped in.
• Catalogue, The Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts / Grand Central Art Galleries / New York City/ December 1 to 24, 1931 (NY, [1931]) 6 x 9”, 21 unnumbered pages, listing 625 pieces in the exhibition.
• Three separately-issued off-prints from sections of the Introduction, Part II, all in original wrappers: Herbert J. Spinden. Indian Symbolism.  (NY, 1931) Illustrated. 18pp. Charles C. Willoughby. Indian Masks (NY,1931) Illustrated. 16pp. incl. pictorial covers; Ruth Gaines, compiler. Books on Indian Arts North of Mexico (NY, 1931) 15pp.

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Condition:
Some chipping and wear to wrappers, overall very good.
 
Item number:
276259
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