Art of the West
Selected Works from the Autry Museum
By Amy Scott, Foreword by Stephen Aron, Afterword by Brian W. Dippie
$49.95 Hardcover
$34.95 Paperback


Since its founding in 1988, the Autry Museum of the American West has expanded its vision and its collections in profound ways. From its original focus on the history, art, and popular culture inspired by the West and its attendant myths, the museum—located in the heart of Los Angeles—has evolved to embrace a more inclusive, complex, and contemporary approach to the American West. Featuring more than 150 color images, this volume highlights the museum’s Art of the West exhibit.

Alongside these celebrated works of art, Art of the West showcases essays by prominent scholars and art historians who address various topics, ranging from motorcycles to beadwork and photography. Essays devoted to women’s art, Native American art, and Chicano photography are important correctives to more traditional and linear models of western art history, with its emphasis on rugged masculinity, Anglo-American pioneers, and the myth of an “untamed” frontier. As Autry Museum curator Amy Scott explains in her introduction, there is not one West; instead, many Wests, comprising diverse collections of places and peoples, form a “complex tapestry of ethnic mixing and geopolitical spaces, diaspora, immigration, industry, infrastructure, tourism, and environmental degradation.”

By addressing such provocative themes, Art of the West challenges us to look beyond surface appearances, superficial caricatures, and cultural assumptions. The American West emerges as a dynamic place in which memory informs, but does not determine, the present.

About The Author
Amy Scott is Chief Curator and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of The Taos Society of Artists: Masters and Masterworks and Len Chmiel: An Authentic Nature.
Stephen Aron is Professor and Robert N. Burr Department Chair of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, chair of the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West, and author of How the West Was Lost: The Transformation of Kentucky from Daniel Boone to Henry Clay.
Brian W. Dippie is retired as Professor of History at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. The leading authority on Russell, he is the author of numerous books and articles on the history and art of the American West, including The Vanishing American: White Attitudes and U.S. Indian Policy and Charles M. Russell: Word Painter.
Book Information
18 b&w and 153 color illus.
168 Pages
Hardcover 978-0-8061-6031-3
Paperback 978-0-8061-6032-0
Published August 2018
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