Live Dog / Evil God
Tucson: Nazraeli Press, 1992. Quarto. Coptic hand-stitched paper boards lightly scuffed. First edition. Near fine.
Written while the artist was in Munich and illustrated by him in his abstract expressionist style the following year. Scholder created ten cliche-verres or glass plate negatives for this book. They were printed as kallitypes by James Hajicek and reproduced in duotone lithograph by Fabe Litho in Tucson. Influenced by Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, he tried to keep himself out of the Native American artist pigeonhole by asserting he was not an Indian, even though he was a registered member of the Luiseno tribe. His star is rapidly ascending in the years after his death. Collect him on the cheap while you can.
“People don’t really like Indians. Oh, they like their own conceptions of the Indian—usually the Plains Indian, romantic and noble and handsome and somehow the embodiment of wisdom and patience. But Indians in America are usually poor, sometimes derelicts outside the value system, living in uncomfortable surroundings. We have really been viewed as something other than human beings by the larger society.”