Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

This book is an invitation into the intensely imaginative world of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, an American artist, curator, and political activist, who was born in 1940 at the Saint Ignatius Mission in Montana and is an enrolled Sqelix’u (Salish) member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes...

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1: Born in the USA

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pp. 7-16

Throughout her career, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith has drawn imagery and color from the natural world and the diverse cultures of North America to express her complex identity as an American artist. Her 1995 collagraph Celebrate 40,000 Years of American Art represents her ancient lineage in a configuration of stylized...

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2: Seeing Red: Indigenous Identity and Artistic Strategy

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pp. 17-26

For Smith the relationship of color and subject matter is diverse and complicated, especially when she is using red pigment. Its meaning is never fixed and oscillates, like its value and saturation, in each work of art. Manipulating red in multiple ways, the artist opens the possibility of complex meanings, which...

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3: American Modernism and the Politics of Landscape

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pp. 27-38

The majority of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s artwork expresses a personal sense of place and connection to the land of North America. Her paintings have been exhibited and collected across the United States and Europe, yet her work has never been critically analyzed within the discourse of the American landscape tradition. This chapter places her artwork within the broader context...

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4: Chief Seattle: Visualizing Environmental Disaster

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pp. 39-50

Landscapes comprise a significant portion of Smith’s artwork. Yet the materials and style of her work often change dramatically from one series to the next. The thread that connects her earliest works to her most recent is her profound commitment to speak to her viewers about the state of the environment. She shares an interest in the discourse of the environment and the dispossession...

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5: The Discourse of Modern Art in a Post-Columbian World

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pp. 51-60

In 1992, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith directed her artwork to an American audience familiar with Columbian celebrations of discovery and conquest in the equally familiar visual language of American popular culture. Her intention, as an educator and political activist, was to complicate that celebration by introducing counternarratives that personalized the devastation of contact...

Plates

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Notes

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pp. 61-76

Bibliography

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pp. 77-82

Index

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pp. 83-84

Back Cover

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