News for Thursday, June 29, 2017

Former SAR Board Member Eric Dobkin to Sign New Book on Native Pottery Collection At Antique American Indian Art Show August 16, 2017

Spoken Through ClaySpoken Through Clay

Native Pottery of the Southwest
The Eric S. Dobkin Collection
Charles S. King

Former School for Advanced Research board member Eric S. Dobkin will sign copies of Spoken Through Clay: Native Pottery of the Southwest (2017, Museum of New Mexico Press), on August 16, 2017, at 1 p.m. at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe. The new book by Dobkin and co-author Charles King showcases nearly three hundred pottery vessels from the Eric S. Dobkin collection, covering a wide range of contemporary Native artists and important historic pieces. The book signing is part of the Antique American Indian Art Show, which runs in conjunction with the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Called the “father” of the modern-day initial public offering (IPO), Dobkin’s acclaimed personal collection of Native American pottery is documented for the first time in this book. His interest in Native pottery began in 1999 when he joined the board of directors of the School for Advanced Research. He served as a board member until 2015, holding the position of vice chair from 2010-2014 and treasurer from 2014-15. In 2015, the board of directors formally named the SAR boardroom the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom. His exposure to artists and their pottery led him to begin collecting important pieces and commissioning others that would be among the largest pots ever produced by the artists.

The book includes portraits and voices of the mostly Pueblo Indian artists speaking about their artistry and technique, families, culture, and traditions. Featured artists include historic potters Nampeyo and Maria Martinez and contemporary potters Tammy Garcia, Virgil Ortiz, and many others. Many of the artists are connected by pueblos and many are heirs of a family tradition spanning generations. Dynamic color photography captures the depth and dimension of the pieces, while the artists provide an illuminating perspective through narrative captions. Artists, academics, collectors, family members, and gallerists add additional insight about the lives, historical context, and importance of these potters and their work.

SAR members who show their member card on August 16 at the time of the book signing will receive free admission to the event. SAR Press will also be offering books from its catalogue for sale at the AAIA Show August 17 and 18.

About Eric S. Dobkin: Eric Dobkin is an advisory director to the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and chairman emeritus of Global Equity Capital Markets. In addition to his distinguished service as an SAR director, Dobkin is a member of the board of governors of The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. He lives with his wife, Barbara, in Pound Ridge and Manhattan, New York. Since 2001, Eric and Barbara Dobkin have supported one of SAR’s Native Artist positions, the Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship for Women.

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