The Legacy of Maria Povenka Martinez

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The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez by Richard L. Spivey

Maria, the potter of San Ildefonso (1887–1981), is not only the most famous of Pueblo Indian potters but ranks among the best of international potters. Her work Is collected and exhibited around the world, and more than any other artist, Maria Martinez brought "signatures" to Indian art. She and other members of her family revived a dying art form and kindled a renaissance in pottery for all the Pueblos. She raised this regional art to one of international acclaim. This lavishly illustrated book draws from Spivey's 1979 classic work. Featuring entirely new photography and 120 added pots as well as a significantly expanded text, this volume considers the entirety of this artist's immense oeuvre and important works and developments in her collaboration with Julian, and after his death, with her daughter-in-law Santana, son Popovi Da, and grandson Tony Da, bringing the legacy of Maria into the bright future of Pueblo ceramics.

Why another book about Maria Martinez (1887-1980), the most famous of all pueblo potters and perhaps the most famous Native American artist of the 20th century? Recommendations for this book include its being a thorough update of Spivey's 1979 Maria and the most comprehensive guide to Martinez's work available. Spivey's depth of knowledge of traditional pottery methods and intimacy with the work of Martinez and related San Ildefonso Pueblo potters have made him a leading expert on the subject of pueblo pottery. Working with the guidance and support of the Martinez family, Spivey has created a book that will be of interest to collectors who want to learn about symbolism, signatures, and awards; environmentalists and lovers of Native American culture concerned about conservation and other native values reflected in the art form; and art historians interested in the genealogy of the famous families and the philosophy of pueblo art. The book is illustrated with over 200 photographs, the text is extremely readable, and the photographic documentation and bibliography are excellent. This deeply informative work is recommended for larger public libraries, academic libraries, and specialized collections.-Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Library Journal Review: Why another book about Maria Martinez (1887-1980), the most famous of all pueblo potters and perhaps the most famous Native American artist of the 20th century? Recommendations for this book include its being a thorough update of Spivey's 1979 Maria and the most comprehensive guide to Martinez's work available. Spivey's depth of knowledge of traditional pottery methods and intimacy with the work of Martinez and related San Ildefonso Pueblo potters have made him a leading expert on the subject of pueblo pottery. Working with the guidance and support of the Martinez family, Spivey has created a book that will be of interest to collectors who want to learn about symbolism, signatures, and awards; environmentalists and lovers of Native American culture concerned about conservation and other native values reflected in the art form; and art historians interested in the genealogy of the famous families and the philosophy of pueblo art. The book is illustrated with over 200 photographs, the text is extremely readable, and the photographic documentation and bibliography are excellent. This deeply informative work is recommended for larger public libraries, academic libraries, and specialized collections.-Sylvia Andrews, Indiana State Lib., Indianapolis Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. 

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