W E L C O M E to Indigo Arts.

We hope you enjoy exploring our galleries. Indigo celebrates color, texture, and the boundless creativity of the human spirit, with a collection of art and artifacts from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Our inventory includes antiques and one-of-a-kind artifacts of traditional cultures as well as the finest examples of contemporary and folk arts. We endeavor to purchase directly from the artists whenever possible and to buy from cooperatives and arts organizations which return the maximum amount to the artists themselves.

Calaveras: Peruvian Retablos for Los Dias de los Muertos

October 11, 2017 to November 4, 2017

In Calaveras, Indigo Arts brings back a seasonal selection of Peruvian retablos by master artist Claudio Jimenez Quispé.  The traditional Peruvian retablo is a portable shrine or nicho that holds figures sculpted of pasta (a mixture of plaster and potato).  As interpreted by contemporary Peruvian artists the retablo is a medium to depict all aspects of contemporary life, and even narratives of social strife and civil war.  Claudio Jimenez Quispé is the acknowledged master of the Peruvian retablo, heir to a multi-generation artistic tradition in the highland region of Ayacucho.  In this work he has expanded on the macabre Mexican tradition of Los Dias de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead.  Like the engravings of the great early 20th century Mexican artist Guadalupe Posada, Claudio's scenes of the underworld populated by calaveras (skeletons) are a vehicle for satire, political critique and even sacrilege, as in the "Nacimiento de los Diablos" (Devils' Nativity).
 

 

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Closing the Circle: A Selection of African Baskets

October 8, 2017 to December 31, 2017

Closing the Circle celebrates the range of contemporary African basketry with examples from several different African traditions: 

Raffia-palm baskets from the Okavango region of Botswana and Namibia;
Swazi baskets woven from sisal fibers in Swaziland;
Samburu beaded baskets from Kenya;
Tonga and Nambya ilala palm baskets from artists in Zimbabwe;
Zulu Imbenge baskets made from recycled telephone wire in South Africa;
Rwandan sisal and sweet-grass food baskets and traditional lidded Peace baskets woven of bamboo and raffia fibers by cooperatives of genocide survivors.

 

 

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