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Oscar Howe

Oscar Howe’s Influence Explained

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 | Exhibition news, General | No Comments

An exhibition titled Sakahan:  1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art has issued a catalogue to correspond with its opening in May 2013.  One of the authors, Gerald Vizenor, expressed an interest in acknowledging Oscar Howe’s contribution to the development of contemporary American Indian art.  The artist’s daughter, Inge Maresh granted permission for the inclusion of an image of War Dancer by Oscar Howe in this entirely impressive publication.


Produced by the National Gallery of Canada, printed in English and French, it can be obtained for 39.95 CAD through this link (|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic| or in their bookstore.

Anyone collecting contemporary art produced anywhere in the world might indulge in this richly illustrated catalogue, written by extremely articulate art commentators.

Corinne Cain of

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Interesting Quote from Vincent Price (April 6, 1960)

Monday, June 27th, 2011 | General | No Comments

“Most Americans are totally unaware there is a great indigenous native American Art. But when you walk into such museums as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and you sometimes see Oscar Howe’s paintings hanging alongside such masters such as Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh, you have to be impressed . . . I think Oscar Howe’s accomplishments prove beyond question that American Indians can achieve greatness in whatever field they choose– and that his life is an inspiration to all young Indians and to young people everywhere that they too, can reach whatever goal they set themselves.”

My attraction to American Indian “flat art” was initiated in 1975 while part of a research team assembled under the auspices of the National Science Foundation. While a graduate student at Southern Methodist University, my team was situated in Taos, New Mexico to study the Impact of Tourism on Taos.  A painting by Beatien Yazz stole my attention.  I was smitten then and remain so.

It is nice to read that Vincent Price too shared my respect for one of most accomplished heroes of this field, Oscar Howe.  Even more so, I am honored by the opportunity to offer Mr. Howe’s work to the next generation of collectors to applaud his work.

Woodcarver by Oscar Howe


The Buffalo Dance

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Screenprints and Posters

Monday, March 21st, 2011 | Collector Savvy tips, General | 1 Comment

Appraisers are professionally about value, but this Saturday’s appraisal day at the Heard Museum reminded me of something.

The man who bought one of the Oscar Howe paintings offered and sold by, cherished a poster of this same painting by Howe for over 20 years.  His financial success as a physician made it possible for him to achieve the actual painting.  His modest poster created an appetite and longing for this beautiful painting.

Likewise, this Saturday someone presented two perfectly handsome screenprints by Gerald Nailor.  Granted, they originally cost a relative of his 50 cents a piece, but the specialness of Nailor’s artistry was still conveyed. 

We grow comfortable and fond of that which is familiar.  Co-existing with art even in a less costly version can serve as a meaningful introduction to an artist’s special style of working.

This posting is intended to honor an interest in art seeded through reproductive posters and affordable screenprints.  Relatively low in cost, these modalities of visual art can spur individuals to collect original art, when available discretionary income makes it possible.

Corinne Cain of

Nailor bird one

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An Opportunity to Experience Oscar Howe

Friday, February 13th, 2009 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Simply type

Click on Video button on the top tool bar

Click on the image with the text “Oscar Howe the Sioux Painter

Devote 20 minutes to watch the video, where you will witness Oscar Howe in the process of painting, explaining his beginning efforts to draw as a child –forward.

Watching this video is a privilege.  It is rare to hear an artist’s explanation of his choices for

  • composition
  • color
  • style of execution
  • as well as artistic intention

Corinne Cain of

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