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Discovered lands, invented pasts : transforming visions of the American West

Author: Jules David Prown; Buffalo Bill Historical Center.; Yale University. Art Gallery.; Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press : Yale University Art Gallery, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A common theme of western American art--from the depictions of Indians by early explorers to the monumental landscapes of Albert Bierstadt to the vibrant images of Georgia O'Keeffe--is the transformation of the land through European-American exploration and resettlement. In this handsome book, leading authorities look at western American art of the past three centuries, reevaluating it from the perspectives of
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Expositions
In art Exhibitions
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jules David Prown; Buffalo Bill Historical Center.; Yale University. Art Gallery.; Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art.
ISBN: 0300057229 9780300057225 0300057318 9780300057317 0894670611 9780894670619
OCLC Number: 25410734
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyo., June 15-Aug. 16, 1992, at Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Sept. 19, 1992-Jan. 3, 1993, and at the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Okla., Feb. 6-Apr. 11, 1993.
Description: xv, 217 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: "Curious historical artistic data" : art history and western American art / Nancy K. Anderson --
Telling tales on canvas : landscapes of frontier change / William Cronon --
The moving finger writes : western art and the dynamics of change / Brian W. Dippie --
The public life of western art / Martha A. Sandweiss --
The absent other : women in the land and art of mountain men / Susan Predergast Schoelwer --
Looking backward, looking forward : selected themes in western art since 1900 / Howard R. Lamar.
Responsibility: Jules David Prown [and others].

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"A common theme of western American art--from the depictions of Indians by early explorers to the monumental landscapes of Albert Bierstadt to the vibrant images of Georgia O'Keeffe--is the transformation of the land through European-American exploration and resettlement. In this handsome book, leading authorities look at western American art of the past three centuries, reevaluating it from the perspectives of history, art history, and American studies." "Jules David Prown begins the book by discussing the need for interdisciplinary approaches to broaden the study of western American art. Nancy K. Anderson then calls for a reconsideration of western art as art rather than documentation and for the adoption of new methods to probe its aesthetic, historical, political, and cultural complexities. William Cronon explores what an environmental historian might learn from American landscape art, concluding that each image must be read as a multilayered view intertwining past, present, and future within a larger context of progress and expansionism. Examining representations of American Indians, Brian W. Dippie finds that early works pictured Indians caught up in a process of dramatic change while later artists showed them frozen outside of time; when the frontier ended, western art made nostalgia its defining characteristic. Martha A. Sandweiss argues that the ways in which views of the American west and its peoples reached nineteenth-century audiences--through large edition prints, book illustrations, or theatrical exhibitions--significantly affected both the images and the meanings attached to them. Susan Prendergast Schoelwer challenges popular perceptions of the frontier as a womanless domain, discovering abundant pictures of Native American women in the art of the western fur trade. Howard R. Lamar concludes by discussing the changing perceptions of western artists and inhabitants of their region's landscape in the twentieth century."

"Publication of this book will coincide with an exhibition organized by the Yale University Art Gallery and the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, opening at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming."--Jacket.

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