Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Art Review: Kay WalkingStick’s American History

By Holland Cotter
“Me and My Neon Box” (1971), included in the Kay WalkingStick retrospective at the National Museum of the American Indian. Credit Kay WalkingStick
WASHINGTON, DC---“Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist,” at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, is an overdue career survey of a near half-century of work by an artist, now 81, for whom “American” has multiple and conflicted meanings. As she grew increasingly absorbed in the realities of her Native American ancestry, she approached them through a series of powerful diptychs that juxtaposed landscapes and symbolic abstraction. Their mood of mingled anger and sorrow sharpened into lamentation after the sudden death of her husband. [link]

National Museum of the American Indian: “Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist,” (Ends Sept. 18, 2016); Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC; (202) 633-6644;
Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935), Eternal Chaos/Eternal Calm, 1993. Acrylic on canvas, 20.5 x 41 in. Collection of the artist. Photo by Lee Stalsworth, Fine Art through Photography, LLC.