Kevin Red Star: From The Spirit

“The vivid colors and bold shapes of Crow artist Kevin Red Star are now available for your very own coffee table, in a beautiful new book that explores the painter’s life and art.” ICTMN

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Book: Kevin Red Star- Crow Indian Artist.  Written by Daniel Gibson,.

Book: Kevin Red Star- Crow Indian Artist. Written by Daniel Gibson,.

Excerpt: The Bold, Vivid Works of Crow Artist Kevin Red Star by G.Courey Toensing, ICTMN

“Kevin Red Star: Crow Indian Artist (Gibbs Smith, 2014) is the first large-format, hardcover book about one of the most acclaimed Native American artists of our time. Red Star’s contemporary style—part abstract, part representational and wholly unique—along with his vibrant colors combine in images that convey a deep love for his subject matter: traditional Crow Indian culture.

Evening Mountain Horses by Kevin Red Star.

Evening Mountain Horses by Kevin Red Star.

Born in 1943 into a family of creative people, Red Star was raised on the Crow reservation in Southwestern Montana…I always wanted to be an artist,Red Star says in the book. I remember drawing pictures—such as scenery, horses and tipis—but most of all I just enjoyed doodling.

In 1962, Red Star was among 150 students chosen to attend the then newly established Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he explored Crow history and culture via modern art techniques.

Dancers by Kevin Red Star.

Dancers by Kevin Red Star.

Red Star later received scholarships to the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was exposed to the avant garde and political and social concerns of post-modern art. While there he began winning prizes and awards for his artwork, and his career as a major American Indian artist began.

Crow Chiefs at the Bitterroots by Kevin Redstar.

Crow Chiefs at the Bitterroots by Kevin Redstar.

Blue Guitar by Kevin Red Star

Blue Guitar by Kevin Red Star

Red Star’s beautiful and passionate paintings of warriors, dancersin intricate regalia, horses and the big Montana landscape are collected in the Smithsonian Institute, the Denver Museum of Fine Art, the Whitney Museum in Cody, Wyoming, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe and the Eitlejorg Museum in Indianapolis, as well as elsewhere. The artist has been featured in special exhibitions around the world including shows in France, Belgium, Germany, China and Japan.”

“Indian culture has in the past been ignored to a great extent. It is for me, as well as for many other Indian artists, a rich source of creative expression.” Kevin Red Star-Crow Nation

Discussion Questions for this post
  1. What state is Kevin Red Star from?
  2. What year did Red Star attend the Institute of American Indian Arts?
  3. Where is the Institute of American Indian Arts located?
  4. Name three countries where Red Star’s work  has been on exhibition.
  5. Name three  museums in the U.S. that have collections of Red Star’s work.