The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection: Selected Works from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
"One of the most important collections of modern Native American art assembled by one individual, the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection is an encyclopedic compilation of easel paintings and three-dimensional works. Showcased in this stunning catalogue, the collection comprises approximately 4,000 items, including drawings, sculptures, prints, kachinas, jewelry, ceramics, rattles, baskets, and textiles.
James T. Bialac began collecting art in the late 1950's, when he was a student at the University of Arizona School Law. It was then that he purchased the first of what would develop into a collection of more than 1,000 kachina dolls. In 1964, he acquired his first painting, Robert Chee's Moccasin Game, and he went on the expand his collection to reflect the diversity of Native American art forms. Inspired by his connections with other collectors, Bialac learned the importance of documenting, cataloguing, and preserving his collection. In 2010 he bequeathed the collection to the University of Oklahoma, where the art will be displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, as well as at other locations, including Bialac's native Arizona."
Softcover, 223 pages