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Artist Biographies
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Nampeyo Family (United States, 20th century)
Nampeyo, a Hopi Indian, helped to revive a nearly lost Hopi tradition of making pottery. With the encouragement of an anthropologist, she adapted ancient Hopi designs, forms, and colors to develop her own style. Three generations of her family have continued the tradition.

Natkong, Jessie (Canada, 20th century)
Natkong, a Haida North American Indian, is known for the tunics she sews. Traditionally, men wear these tunics at ceremonial events. Each tunic has at least one crest. One of her tunics features the brown bear, the crest of the artist's adoptive father, and the leaping dog salmon, her personal crest. The artist created this tunic at the age of ninety.

Nerlinger, Alice Lex (Germany, 1893-1975)
Nerlinger was a photographer who created montages by overlapping the negatives from two or more photographs and printing them as one image. Common themes in her work are the eye, the hand, and people at work.

Nevelson, Louise (United States, 1900-1988)
Louise Nevelson was a sculptor who experimented with all types of media, but found that her best expression was in wood. She filled boxes with scraps, boards, and pieces of old Victorian houses and arranged them in various configurations, large and small. She produced gigantic outdoor as well as indoor works and added steel and aluminum to her list of materials. A square in New York City is named for her and contains seven mammoth steel sculptures, up to 70 feet high. It is an exterior environmental group of huge proportions.

Newman, Barnett (United States, 1905-1970)
Barnett Newman was part of a movement to produce art totally without any visual or geometrical associations. His color fields are often huge and might be separated by a single, wide or narrow line of contrasting or similar hue. Because he wanted to reduce the content of the painting to virtually nothing, his work was called Minimal Art. It has also been called Cool Art because of its nonemotional quality and its characteristic precision.

Noguchi, Isamu (Japan/United States, 1904-1988)
Isamu Noguchi produced an amazing variety of sculptures in various materials and also designed some environmental spaces. During the 1940s, he emerged as a prominent stone carver. His stone work has a primeval feeling that seems closely related to traditional Japanese garden art and Zen Buddhist contemplation. The exploration of pure form and its translation into modern terms and the creation of unified sculptural spaces are Noguchi's contribution to sculpture of the late twentieth century.

Noland, Kenneth (United States, b.1924)
Kenneth Noland was a painter who emphasized the color field on the canvas over subject matter or design. He started painting concentric circles on unprimed canvas, which caused a staining process and made the circles seem to pulsate and float. He then moved to gigantic, inverted chevrons of bright colors. More recently, he has painted huge canvases of horizontal stripes of flat color. He was one of the first artists to work on shaped canvases. Instead of using a rectangle, he worked with canvases shaped like diamonds and triangles.

Nolde, Emil (Germany, 1867-1956)
Nolde painted many religious themes, but his slashing brushstrokes and garish colors were not pleasing to the public His grotesque faces in Masks show his interest in primitive cultures and his desire to relate them to his contemporary time. He used these faces to show personal contempt for immorality, greed, lust, and hypocrisy as they appeared in society.


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