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Myth of the West

Publisher: New York: Rizzoli, 1990
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0847812596
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 106836



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Black cloth-covered boards with title stamped in silver on spine; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Works of art by various 19th- and 20th-century artists. Curated and with text by Chris Bruce. Additional text by Brian W. Dippie, Paul Fees, Mark Klett and Kathleen Murphy. Includes notes and an index. 192 pp., with 105 four-color and 70 black-and-white plates. 10 x 11 inches. Published on the occasion of a major exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


From the publisher: "No art genre has been so consistently confused with historic reality as the art of the American West. The artistic adventure is, however, one of interpretation, if not full-blown invention. Myth of the West looks at the art of the West not so much as a representation of the panoply of history, but as a chain of powerful images that have created a kind of public memory, and essential national identity that fuses the prospect of an untouched landscape with a full-bodied hero figure: that is, a man with a gun on a horse in wide open country."