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Art talk!

October 11, 2011

This was going to be a post on Chinese art, but then I realized that A) It made more sense to postpone that until my class therof has covered more interesting art, and B) nobody actually looks at Native American art and that sucks because there’s lots of cool native american art out there.

Upper Missouri Tribe, War Shirt. 1830-1840. Art Institute of Chicago.

Unfortunately, I can’t say much about this work because my main reference work on Native art is back at home and the AIC doesn’t seem to know the specific tribe. But I do know that at least some shirts like this were from designs given by spirits in dreams which were atropaic and which could only be used by the owner. And at any rate it’s quite interesting how the artist arranged the garment, placing the more subdued quillwork design on the chest and the more colorful beadwork on the sleeves where it can take over visually.
Anyhow, I’ll probably do a post on Meso-or-South American art soon-ish so keep an eye out for that.