Published: November 8, 2022
DENVER, COLO. — On November 1, Western and contemporary Native American art came to auction at Hindman, featuring fine art created from the height of American westward expansion through the present. Works from master artists, such as Joseph Henry Sharp, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington and others were saddle-mates with pieces by some of the most important names in Modern and contemporary Native American fine art, including works by Fritz William Scholder V (1937-2005), Earl Biss and Jaune Quick-To-See Smith. Scholder’s “Horse and Rider” topped the November 1 session, realizing $175,000, including buyer’s premium and against an $80/120,000 estimate, the acrylic on canvas signed Scholder lower right and measuring 80 by 68 inches. Scholder was a Native American artist and an enrolled member of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, a federally recognized tribe of Luiseños, a California Mission tribe. His works were recognized for their insight and powerful commentary on publicly held stereotypes of Native Americans and propelled Scholder into a position of prominence as an artist. Six out of the auction’s top eight lots were Scholders and more on this sale will follow in a later review.
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