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Christmas Shopping Are you think about Christmas shopping? See what people are saying about Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist, and instead of venturing out into the mobs on Black Friday, think about getting copies of this beautiful book for presents.

From now until the end of December,you will get a special deal from us.  You will get free shipping (in the United States), we will autograph books with a dedication to the gift’s recipient, and send you a free gift. (Watch for the details coming any day now–but you are eligible for all this special treatment if you order today!) Just click the button in the right hand column of the Tahoma Blog to order by PayPal or credit card, or contact Charnell at charnell@tahoma.info if you prefer to pay by check.

Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse  in Santa Fe announces a slide show talk (November 30) about Quincy Tahoma on their website, with this description of the book:

Collected Works introduces Vera Marie Badertscher, travel and freelance writer, who will present a slide show and discussion of her new book, Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist.  Along with fellow writer Charnell Havens, Badertscher has spent more than a decade researching Tahoma’s life in order to write this biography.  They are also compiling a registry of Tahoma’s paintings in order to document the development of his artwork, much of which has never before been viewed by the public.

Tahoma, a highly gifted Navajo painter, studied at the Santa Fe Indian School where his peers included Harrison Begay and Andy Tsihnahjinnie.  Art teacher Dorothy Dunn encouraged her students to paint in a flat and decorative style classic of the early 20th Century, but Tahoma incorporated more action and varied techniques in his work.  The artist spent most of his life in Santa Fe, producing hundreds of paintings from the mid-1930s to 1956.  Due in large measure to his premature death, Tahoma’s contribution to Native American art, as well as the triumphs and tragedies of his life, have remained opaque to the generations that followed.

Here’s what Kerry Dexter says about Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist,  in an article entitled Five Books for the Perceptive Traveler, at the Perceptive Travel website.

Visual art was the aspect of place and travel which interested Charnell Havens and Vera Marie Badertscher. That, and the life story of a Navajo in the American southwest, Quincy Tahoma. The two spent more than a decade following the often slender threads of memory and conflicting records and research concerning the artist’s life, while connecting with many who knew the man or owned his work. The result is their book Quincy Tahoma which is extensively illustrated with images of Tahoma’s paintings. Both story and image evoke the landscape of the American southwest.

New Mexico Magazine‘s September issue carried a full-page article about Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist in their print edition, and this on line. 

This biography charts the progress of painter Quincy Tahoma (1917-1956) from his early life near Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation, through his discovery of art in Dorothy Dunn’s Santa Fe Indian School studio, to his meteoric rise in the Santa Fe art scene. Tahoma’s greatest achievement was earning the prestigious Philbrook prize, awarded by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for In the Days of Plenty (1946). More than 250 full-color images of Tahoma’s work depict his transformation as an artist—from his school-day sketches to the refined, animated paintings of buffalo hunts, tribal traditions, and horses that defined his later work. Among the best artists of his generation, Tahoma also struggled with alcoholism, which struck him down as his career was flourishing. This is a readable and well-researched biography that enthusiasts of Native art will relish.

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