The scope of this book on Navajo folk art is wide-ranging. It includes self-taught artists who create paintings, drawings, sculptures, assemblages, pottery, pictorial rugs, and folk-inspired silver jewelry. We believe that the Navajo folk artists included in this volume are among the most innovative folk artists working in the twenty-first century.
The first edition of this book was published in 1994, a revised softcover edition in 1998, and now, in view of the phenomenal interest in Navajo folk art, we have been asked to update Navajo Folk Art. In this edition, we look for and emphasize the new, not for the sake of change, but in order to follow innovation and natural generational progression, caused primarily by historical and cultural influences on the lives and times in which we live.
Some of the first generation of artists included in the previous publication are no longer with us: Silas and Bertha Claw, Helen Greyeyes, Roger Hathale, Woody Herbert, Ronald Malone, Faye Tso, and Andrew Tsihnahjinnie. They have left an enduring legacy, and while they are discussed in this update only for their historical importance or in connection with family traditions, their lives and work should be remembered; their art can be found today in museums and numerous collections.
NAVAJO FOLK ART
by Chuck & Jan Rosenak
Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson
Softcover, 2008. 168 pages