The artists Rick Bartow, David Bradley, Bob Haozous, David Johns, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Emmi Whitehorse represent what I aimed for:
To acknowledge important contemporary artists and to highlight the significance of Native American Modernism and Postmodernism.
Once I had made a commitment for serious collecting based on my art-historic rationale, I tried to follow these general standards, only restricted in quantity by my very limited financial possibilities:
In acknowledging the artist in his/her own right and to deepening the understanding for the singularity of his/her evolving, vision and artistic practices, each artist has to be represented with a body of works.
Building a collection that focuses on Native American artists I aimed for:
The artist as catalyst for cultural innovation and transformation; The artist as the creator of timely expressions in the given time and space.
The artists as cross-cultural mediator and communicator.
choosing artists with distinctly different singular, personal reflection on being an artist of Native American descent, each adding a distinct style, content and perspective to the diversity in Native modernism.
This commitment to a few artists with a body of works, instead of broader representation with singular works by many artists, had to painfully exclude other significant artists.