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Felipe Benito Archuleta (1910-1991)
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARJORIE AND HARVEY FREED
Felipe Benito Archuleta (1910-1991)

Ostrich, 1980

Details
Felipe Benito Archuleta (1910-1991)
Ostrich, 1980
dated and initialed 1-29-1980 F.B.A. on stomach
paint and putty on carved wood
82 in. high, 53 ½ in. long, 23 in. wide
Provenance
The Elaine Horwich Galleries, Santa Fe
Acquired from above in 1980

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Lot Essay

Felipe Archuleta’s sculptures stood tall in the Santa Fe of the 1980s. Gallerists, local residents and visitors participated in a kind of frenzy to procure the work of this sometimes-erratic carver with soul. Harvey and I visited him a couple of times in his intriguingly scruffy yard in Tesuque just north of Santa Fe. His subjects included a menagerie of normally unheralded animals - jackrabbits, donkeys and apes - and even a life-size nude woman. We succumbed to some true marvels: a fierce dragon, an ungainly ostrich, a mean-looking sow. I knew these pieces captured Felipe’s genius, and they provided us with a consistent pleasure each day. - M.F.

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