Magazine article Southwest Art

Proud Legacy

Magazine article Southwest Art

Proud Legacy

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"You're the sons of Charlie Russell, and I'm proud to call you friends, You spread the paint and shape the clay where western art begins ..."

So begins writer Don Hedgpeth's poetic tribute to the Cowboy Artists of America, which he read at their annual awards banquet in October. Don's words struck a chord with me that evening, as I'd recently been developing a series of articles on western American art, chronicling the movement from Bodmer, Bierstadt, Remington, and Russell to their "sons" and "daughters" living and working today.

The series, "Proud Legacy: 150 Years of Western Art," debuts in this issue with a look at the 19th-century artists who depicted the unknown West. "With its boundless prairies, vast forests, enormous mountains, mighty rivers, and exotic Indian population, the West was a magnificent stage that challenged the best of the young nation's artistic talent," writes Stephen May, the author of the series. …

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