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BRANDING THE AMERICAN WEST: PAINTINGS AND FILMS, 1900-1950. Ed. by Marian Wardle and Sarah E. Boehme. Bringham Young Museum of Art, Provo, 2016. Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West, 23. 240 pp. with 155 ills. (128 col.). 29 x 24 cm. ISBN 9780806152912 In English.
Publisher's description: Artists and filmmakers in the early twentieth century reshaped our vision of the American West. In particular, the Taos Society of Artists and the California-based artist Maynard Dixon departed from the legendary depiction of the "Wild West" and fostered new images, or brands, for western art. This volume, illustrated with more than 150 images, examines select paintings and films to demonstrate how these artists both enhanced and contradicted earlier representations of the West. Prior to this period, American art tended to portray the West as a wild frontier with untamed lands and peoples. Renowned artists such as Henry Farny and Frederic Remington set their work in the past, invoking an environment immersed in conflict and violence. This trademark perspective began to change, however, when artists enamored with the Southwest stamped a new imprint on their paintings. The contributors to this volume illuminate the complex ways in which early-twentieth-century artists, as well as filmmakers, evoked a southwestern environment not just suspended in time but also permanent rather than transient.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1900-1945 — Painting, Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71,01,05,07,17
Worldwide Number: 037071
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