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Whitney Western Art Museum

Makers
Bama, James 21
Descriptions
oil on panel 10
Names
Painting 860
Subjects
Indian 729
Date:
1978
Dimensions:
H: 23.375 in, W: 35.375 in, Frame height: 34.5 in, Frame width: 46.625 in
Title:
A Contemporary Sioux Indian
Credit Line:
William E. Weiss Contemporary Art Fund Purchase
Gloss:
In western art the Indian is often portrayed as a character from the past. Using a realist style, Bama portrayed a contemporary Indian who maintains a relationship with the past but has to find his place in the white man's world. The message on the wall behind the subject echoes the artist's theme of the nonacceptance of Indians in mainstream American society.
Inscription:
LL: Bama 78
Accession Number:
19.78

As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Whitney Western Art Museum.
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