New Mexico Art Tells its History

Untitled (Tourists) - Nailor

Untitled (Tourists), 1937
Gerald Nailor (American, 1917 - 1952)
gouache, 14 x 12 3/4 in. (35.6 x 32.4 cm)
Bequest of Dorothy Dunn, 1992. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology

Gerald Nailor, Sr., a Navajo painter born in Pinedale, NM, was given the Diné name Toh Yah (Walking By the River). He went to the Santa Fe Indian School in 1937, studying under Dorothy Dunn, who had a major influence on her Native American students. With his friend Allan Houser, Nailor set up a studio in Santa Fe to paint and work on his silkscreen prints. In collaboration with fellow-artist and classmate Harrison Begay, he founded "Tewa Enterprises", an art-publishing firm specializing in Native American art, and recognized for the high quality of their silkscreen prints.


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