Saturday, May 14, 2016
Super Indian.....follow-up story
I'll apologize up front for the somewhat grainy photo. I took it right off of my computer screen. I wanted to follow up on yesterday's post after I saw this story on a local television show. We have a local show that is a version of the national PBS show call Antiques Roadshow. The local show is called Arizona Collectables. Thursday night, the TV was on but I wasn't watching it directly. That is until I heard this story when I stopped what I was doing and made my way to the TV. The painting above is by an artist named T.C. Cannon, a Native American artist who studied under Fritz Scholder (the artist I featured yesterday) at the school he taught at in Santa Fe. The lady above on the right bought this painting at a Goodwill Thrift store for $7.99 because she just loved it. The appraiser on the left told her that in its present condition it was worth around $15,000.00. She went on to say that if she had it professionally cleaned and a couple of places repaired, it would be worth $25,000.00. How is that for fantastic return on her money? The lady who owned the painting had no idea of its worth and said she would still love it even if it turned out to be worthless.
T.C. Cannon was one of Fritz Scholder's students and I can certainly see some similarity to the paintings I featured yesterday. I just thought it was such a coincidence that I featured that story yesterday and then found this connection to the same artist. It also shows just how much influence Scholder had on the American Indian contemporary art scene.