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WILD SPACES, OPEN SEASONS: HUNTING AND FISHING IN AMERICAN ART. Ed. by Kevin Sharp. Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, 2016. Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman. Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West, 27. 204 pp. with 125 col. ills. 29 x 24 cm. ISBN 9780806154626 In English.
Publisher's description: Wild Spaces, Open Seasons traces the theme of hunting and fishing in American art from the early nineteenth century through World War II. Describing a remarkable group of American paintings and sculpture, the contributors reveal the pervasiveness of the subjects and the fascinating contexts from which they emerged. In one important example after another, the authors demonstrate that representations of hunting and fishing did more than illustrate subsistence activities or diverting pastimes. The portrayal of American hunters and fishers also spoke to American ambitions and priorities. In his introduction, noted outdoorsman and author Stephen J. Bodio surveys the book's major artists, who range from society painters to naturalists and modernists. Margaret C. Adler then explores how hunting and fishing imagery in American art reflects traditional myths, some rooted in classicism, others in the American appetite for tall tales. Kory W. Rogers, in his discussion of works that valorize the dangers hunters faced pursuing their prey, shows how American artists constructed new rituals at a time when the United States was rapidly transforming from a frontier society into a modern urban nation.
Indexing: Western — United States — 1800-1900, 1900-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 71,01,05,06,07,08,09,17,22,55
Worldwide Number: 037466
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