THE LEGACY ART OF BORISLAV BOGDANOVICH
NATIVE AMERICAN PERIOD ARIZONA 1967-1970
Mr. Bogdanovich was commissioned to paint artworks and large murals by Walter Reed Bimson, avid art collector and Chairman of the Valley National Bank of Arizona (acquired by Bank One; finally acquired by JPMorgan Chase). Mr. Bimson was a visionary who “made banks friendly” by displaying art. The VNB Collection had 3500 works. The Buffalo Hunt above was the artist's last work. Bogdanovich was painting the finishing touches on the 26-foot long mural when he accidentally fell and struck his head. He passed away several weeks later, over Thanksgiving weekend, 1970. The Buffalo Hunt was exhibited posthumously at the former VNB Oak Street branch in Scottsdale. Donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix by Bank One during the 1990s, the mural has since been returned to the Bogdanovich Legacy Collection.
Click above to enlarge Valley National Bank - Oak Street Branch Brochure - Buffalo Hunt (1970)
Enamored with Native American Pueblo Culture, the artist had attended Navajo and Hopi Festivals in North Eastern Arizona and created the triptych of murals below made up of three large oil and acrylic panels in his Scottsdale studio. These were painted from 1967-1968 and were unveiled at the Valley National Bank in Flagstaff, AZ. In 1996 Bank One donated the triptych to NAU in Flagstaff, Arizona. The triptych of murals was recently returned to the Bogdanovich Legacy Collection.
The images directly below are of the artist's daughter Anna Bogdanovich during her supervision of the recent pickup and transfer of the triptych of murals from NAU to Scottsdale. All murals have been examined by a master restorer and need minor conservation. A 50-Year Anniversary event is being planned for the re-unveiling of these monumental last works.
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