Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian Martinez, broke away from the polychrome-style wares popular in the 1970s with this black-on-black stylized design. They were inspired by ancient pots excavated near the San Ildefonso Pueblo in Santa Fe, New Mexico, between 1907 and 1909. The geometric shapes resonated with the Art Deco movement of the 1930s and ’40s. In this way, the Martinezes revitalized their ancestral pottery tradition from a modern vantage point.
This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World, 2022
- 6 3⁄4 x 9 1⁄2 in. (17.2 x 24.2 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of International Business Machines Corporation
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