By Lilia Menconi
I swear my pupils dilate every time I see a Fritz Scholder painting. Scholder, who is one-quarter Luseino, a California Mission tribe, has proven himself an important figure in the development of the Native American Art Movement. And, my God, the man knows how to rock a color palette. Check out some of these images he did from the 1970's and 80's I pulled from his website.
Larsen Gallery is showcasing one of their largest exhibitions of his work (which is saying a lot since they've represented him for the past 16 years with annual shows) with Fritz Scholder: Renaissance Man open until January 1st. This show focuses on his work from the 1970's with paintings, monotypes, drawings, graphics, sculpture and books borrowed from local collectors. It coincides with the November 1st opening of Fritz Scholder: Indian/Non-Indian at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian in Washington D.C.
Larsen Gallery, 3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale, 480-941-0900, www.larsengallery.com.