James Compton Gallery Blog

Repatriating a Found Zuni War God Plank

I purchased this carved wooden plank about 1.5 years ago out of a West coast auction.  I had no idea what it was, but could tell right away that it had a lot of energy in it – the shape, the condition of the...

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Two Early Rio Grande Blankets

Nothing gets me more excited than discovering early textiles of the Southwest. I’m not talking about late 19th or even mid 19th century blankets. I’m talking more like 17th (none are known to exist through documentation) and 18th as well as early 19th century...

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Social Distancing on Top of Deception Peak

What a great way to get out and about! I was guided up to the top of Deception Peak (12,343′) just outside of Santa Fe, NM by my friend Daniel Vernay.  We started out with crampons for the majority of the climb, then transferred...

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A Recent Acquisition – Cree Pipe Bag, Circa 1870 – 1880

Item #: 657Origin: CreeDate: Last Quarter 19th C., likely 1870 – 1880Media: Glass beads on hideDimensions: 19″ without fringe, 6″ wide, 29.5″ with fringeDescription:  This Cree pipe bag has two strongly different designs.  The first includes two, elongated tracks, perhaps extended crosses, done in...

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COVOID-19; They Were the Worst of Times, They Were the Best of Times

The above work is by Edvard Munch, titled Melancholy III, 1902, and is a wood block original on display at the MOMA which I visit last month in NYC. It was the piece I bonded with most on that visit, identifying with the contemplative...

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A New Trastero Means A Re-organization of the Gallery….

For those of you that have been inside my gallery, you know how small it is.  One new addition can throw everything off balance.  Well, I got a grouping of New Mexican furniture, a trastero, a bench and two chairs.  The trastero is the...

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Navajo Woman’s Chief’s Blanket

JUST IN! This Navajo weaving is a Woman’s variant of the Chief’s third phase wearing blanket.  I just acquired it late last week. The weaving measures 66″ by 51″.  The wool is all hand spun and includes natural brown and carded grey for the...

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Video Presentation of a Navajo Saddle Blanket

This Navajo Saddle blanket measures 52″ x 35.5″, natural cream white, synthetic dyed red and natural carded brown/grey handspun wool with some green and brown 4 ply germantown yarns. There is some fading to the colors, some dye run, a few small repairs and...

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THE Navajo Blanket

I discovered an object so beautiful, so intriguing, that it changed my life. It’s an early Navajo blanket dating to the first half of the 19th century. I saw the blue first. It’s an Yves Klein sort of blue, so pure and saturated I...

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Happy New Year and thank you for your Support

Happy New Year to you all!  Thank you for your support in this first year of my Gallery.  Here’s a video of my end of year statement.    

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