i thought i’d try out a new series on the blog called Imaginary Curator. i look at a lot of art online (and i am, by no means, an art historian or any kind of capable curator… beside’s this blog’s curator, which is kind of a wanky term isn’t it?). anyway most of the time i’m on the look out for something interesting to share with you, and often i see themes jumping out at me.

basically, if i were to walk into a gallery or museum right now, what would i want to see? my first “show” (haha) is all kinds of art related to The American West, and i am blaming this totally on my recent watching of Lonesome Dove.

other American West related posts: cowgirls, cowboys & Lonesome Dove. all images courtesy of Artsy.

RICHARD RENALDI, Monument Valley, Utah, 2010
RICHARD RENALDI, Monument Valley, Utah, 2010
RICHARD RENALDI, Sumatra, Montana, 2009
RICHARD RENALDI, Sumatra, Montana, 2009
JEREMY LIPKING, Silence and Sagebrush
JEREMY LIPKING, Silence and Sagebrush
JEREMY LIPKING, Riders Under Vermilion Cliffs
JEREMY LIPKING, Riders Under Vermilion Cliffs
ANDY WARHOL, General Custer (FS II.379), 1986
ANDY WARHOL, General Custer, 1986
ANDY WARHOL, Sitting Bull, 1986
ANDY WARHOL, Sitting Bull, 1986
SAMUEL DENONCOUR, Those Folks on the Colorado, 2014
SAMUEL DENONCOUR, Those Folks on the Colorado, 2014
SAMUEL DENONCOUR, Legend of the Rainbow Crow and Utah, 2014
SAMUEL DENONCOUR, Legend of the Rainbow Crow and Utah, 2014
DOUG HALL, Weekend Cowgirl, 2008
DOUG HALL, Weekend Cowgirl, 2008
DOUG HALL, Monument Valley, 2008
DOUG HALL, Monument Valley, 2008
WALT GONSKE, The Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 2013
WALT GONSKE, The Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 2013
WALT GONSKE, El Bosque, 2013
WALT GONSKE, El Bosque, 2013
ALLISON V. SMITH, Teepee. Marfa, Texas, 2010
ALLISON V. SMITH, Teepee. Marfa, Texas, 2010
NICOLA VERLATO, The Settler, 2015
NICOLA VERLATO, The Settler, 2015
MÓNICA DIXON, Patterson, 2015
MÓNICA DIXON, Patterson, 2015
DOTY GLASCO, Satellites Crust, 2014
DOTY GLASCO, Satellites Crust, 2014
JIM KRANTZ, Wild West no. 4, 2012
JIM KRANTZ, Wild West no. 4, 2012
JIM KRANTZ, Epic Western no. 9, 2010
JIM KRANTZ, Epic Western no. 9, 2010
CLIVE R. TYLER Taos Mountain from Seco , 2015
CLIVE R. TYLER Taos Mountain from Seco , 2015
DEAN WEST, Train, 2012
DEAN WEST, Train, 2012
OSCAR BROUSSE JACOBSON, Rio Grande, 1916-1966
OSCAR BROUSSE JACOBSON, Rio Grande, 1916-1966
OSCAR BROUSSE JACOBSON, Green Mountain, 1936
OSCAR BROUSSE JACOBSON, Green Mountain, 1936
ZEFREY THROWELL, John Wayne, 2015
ZEFREY THROWELL, John Wayne
ZEFREY THROWELL, Chief Joseph and Family, 2015
ZEFREY THROWELL, Chief Joseph and Family

 

ZEFREY THROWELL, Standing Bear, 2015
ZEFREY THROWELL, Standing Bear
ZEFREY THROWELL, Will Rogers, 2015
ZEFREY THROWELL, Will Rogers
MICHAEL TAYLOR, A Rake's Progress (The Cowboy), 2014
MICHAEL TAYLOR, A Rake’s Progress (The Cowboy), 2014
MICHAEL COLEMAN, Geyser Basin
MICHAEL COLEMAN, Geyser Basin
JULES FRAZIER, Posse
JULES FRAZIER, Posse
Brent Owens, Saloon Queen
Brent Owens, Saloon Queen
Brent Owens, Prickled
Brent Owens, Prickled
WILLIAM GILBERT GAUL, The Land of the Free, circa 1900
WILLIAM GILBERT GAUL, The Land of the Free, circa 1900
LAFAYETTE MAYNARD DIXON, Top of the Ridge, 1933
LAFAYETTE MAYNARD DIXON, Top of the Ridge, 1933
LAFAYETTE MAYNARD DIXON, Desert Ranges, 1940
LAFAYETTE MAYNARD DIXON, Desert Ranges, 1940
KIM MACKEY, Mustang Blood, 2014
KIM MACKEY, Mustang Blood, 2014

24 Comments

  1. I agree ^ cool series. You’re so creative! I don’t comment often but I love your original content.

  2. ^I love David Rathman. Also, these images make me seriously want to move out west and become a cowgirl. Ugh, how can I make this happen?

  3. Love this – the subject but also the different mediums it is portrayed with!

  4. Excellent post – I love your idea of curating! So many wonderful, evocative images, I am sending the link to my mother, who is a painter as I know she will really enjoy it.

    Can’t wait to see what comes next!

  5. I loved this post as I am a long-admirer of western art. Over 100 select western artists were showcased in the 35th Annual Western Spirit Art Show at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, an exhibition juried by leading museum and art professionals from the Rocky Mountain, US Region. “The Miss” one of the photographs from my on-going series of rodeo pick-up men called the Art of the Pick-Up was exhibited there. If you’re interested, the exhibit can be viewed at http://www.oldwestmuseum.org. Hope you enjoy and I look forward to more of the Imaginary Curator.

  6. Ooo this is so good! Excellent. Looking forward to more imaginary curations.

  7. Great idea.
    Perfect research for any kind of work. As a Creative Director I do a lot of work like this regarding projects and shootings and this is just perfect.

    I hope you keep the initiative!

  8. Love this too. Fantastic idea for a series! Can’t wait to see your next one. I would pay to see this in an art gallery for sure.

  9. Bernadette Reply

    Diana, i love to go where you take us~it’s always fun and/or interesting and/or amazing…this time it was my back yard, the american west. really enjoyed the david rathman lead from amira…so thought i’d share one of my favorites with you – the buffalo bill museum in cody, wyoming http://centerofthewest.org is so amazing but do check out the plains indians part – so many beautiful, soulful items created that were part of their daily lives…and also another section is their whitney museum of art – more great western art.
    thanks for it all and have a great week.
    bernadette

  10. I’m so into this. We’re planning a road trip next month where we’re driving from BC (Canada) through Idaho & Montana to S. Utah where we will camp and ride bikes. I told a friend the other day that was our vacation plan and her jaw dropped because she expected me to say Iceland! (Which is next)
    And thanks for the play list – always enjoy them- going to listen to it now while I work.

  11. Very nice mix for a showing of western influence art. One artist that would fit into this catagory is one of my favorite artists, Claire Dooner Phillips. She was one of the artists known as the “Five Ladies of Prescott.” She was a painter and printmaker. Here is some additional information about her and the group.

    Five Ladies of Prescott.
    Prescott, Arizona in the 1930s, known as the “little colony of artists.”

    Claire Dooner Phillips (1887-1960)
    http://claire-dooner-phillips.com/index.html

    Claire Dooner Phillips bio, paintings and art
    http://www.bluecoyotegallery.com/ClaireDoonerPhillipspaintingsandart.htm

    An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West (Phil Kovinick and Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick, 1998, University of Texas Press), p. 249.
    Five Ladies of Prescott and Their Art: Gallery Guide (Robert Stragnell, 1995, Phippen Museum of Western Art, Prescott), pp. 16-19.
    Paths to the Press: Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910-1960 (Elizabeth G. Seaton, editor, 2006, Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan)

  12. I love this! Although, as a resident of New Mexico I’d say I’m a bit biased! You should visit Santa Fe sometime if you haven’t already.

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