Perspective

The historic masters of art and architecture


Perspective: N.C. Wyeth [1822-1945]

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By Toby Thompson      

It’s not a man’s world but a boy’s, as the Treasure Island frontispiece suggests — its illustration bulging with the enlarged feet and arms of musket-bearing pirates that “jump out at you and…

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Perspective: LeConte Stewart [1891-1990]

February | March 2012       Written By Vanessa Chang      

At first glance, there isn’t much to see. A bucolic setting of gentle shrubbed mountains and neatly plowed farmland punctuated by a simple house, a barn and a perimeter of poplar trees. Typical northern…

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Perspective: Belmore Browne [1880–1954] and George Browne [1918–1958]

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

When George Browne was 15, he decided the best use of his time would be to quit school and dedicate himself to drawing and painting. His parents, surprisingly, agreed. “That’ll…

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Perspective: Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)

June | July 2013       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

He came to be known as “the painter of Maine.” But well before Marsden Hartley eventually settled back in his New England home state, the restless, ever-searching painter declared: “I am an American…

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In the Studio: Don King

Fall | Winter 2010       By Chase Reynolds Ewald       Photography By Glenn Oakley      

The Sawtooth Range. The Salmon River. The White Cloud Mountains. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness… The fabled names ring like a siren call to wilderness devotees. For…

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Perspective: Eanger Irving Couse [1866-1936]

Spring | Summer 2009       Written By Carleen Milburn       Photography By Amy Archer      

“They were of the frontier, they witnessed its passing and they opened up the great future.” — Dedicatory words for the New Mexico Art Museum, January, 1918. One hundred years…

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Perspective: Gerard Curtis Delano [1890-1972]

Fall | Winter 2011       By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

The 20th-century artist Gerard Curtis Delano painted prolifically for more than 50 years. His subjects included cowboys, mountain men, cattle drives, wildlife, Plains Indians, Comanche and Hopi. He depicted an…

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Perspective: Asa Lynn Powell

Winter | Spring 2010      

Like Charles M. Russell, his early friend and long-time mentor, Ace Powell dedicated his life to recording what he knew best: Native Americans, cowboys and other Western figures. “My whole…

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Perspective: Joseph H. Sharp

Premiere Issue       Written By Carleen Milburn       Photography By Amy Archer      

From the earliest cave and cliff dwellers to the carvers, potters and weavers of the Pueblo and Spanish settlements, New Mexico’s Taos area has always been home to artisans. But…

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Perspective: Julia Morgan [1872-1957]

June | July 2012       Written By Kathy Chin Leong      

In December of 1972, Tony and Trish Hawthorne purchased a home in Berkeley, California, to accommodate the needs of their growing family. When told their 1920 house was designed by…

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Perspective: Frances Senska [1914–2009]

April | May 2017       Written By Michele Corriel      

Montana ceramic artist Frances Senska’s African background, her Bauhaus ideals and her deep interest in local materials contributed to her role as a pioneering Modernist. Drawing from her childhood spent…

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Perspective: Maynard Dixon [1875-1946]

Spring | Summer 2008       Written By Todd Wilkinson      

Lafayette Maynard Dixon always claimed that he had little interest in fabricating visual fiction. For him, his Native American West had been needlessly over-romanticized by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran and…

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Perspective: Seth Eastman [1808–1875]

April | May 2016       Written By Toby Thompson      

He was a man of contradictions: a career soldier and an artist, an occupier of Indians’ land, a conqueror and a celebrant of their lives. He was a military cartographer…

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Perspective: Mabel Dodge Luhan [1879–1962]

October | November 2016       Written By Steve Winston      

Mable Dodge Luhan was a woman of contradictions. She is among the most influential figures in American art, but she was never an artist. She was a towering figure in…

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Perspective: Nick Eggenhofer [1897-1985]

Winter | Spring 2009       Written By Cathy Moser      

“The thing that is so little understood is the Western theme is so immensely broad, as big as the country itself,” Nick Eggenhofer once said. “To write about it is…

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Perspective: Ahead of their time

August | September 2013       Written By Barbara Sparks       Written By Alan Olson      

In 1905, the National Arts Club in New York City hosted a prophetic exhibition about the changing fate of American Indians. The exhibition showcased Native Americans in sculpted, painted and photographic…

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Perspective: Robert Lougheed [1910–1982]

October | November 2015       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

One day toward the end of his life, Robert Lougheed stopped by the Santa Fe home of painter Wayne Wolfe to see the younger artist’s entry for that year’s Prix…

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Perspective: Nicolai Fechin [1881-1955]

Fall | Winter 2010       Written By Carleen Milburn      

The winter of the year 1920 was one of the hardest in the history of the Russian Revolution. All at once everything seemed to reach its lowest ebb and people…

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Perspective: Thomas Moran [1837-1926]

Fall | Winter 2009      

If ever an American artist has been linked with a particular place, Thomas Moran and his work in the Yellowstone region is the shining example. His field sketches, made while…

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Perspective: Awa Tsireh [1898–1955]

October | November 2017       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

When San Ildefonso Pueblo artist Awa Tsireh [1898–1955] traveled to New York City in 1931 for the Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts, which included several of his paintings, a reporter…

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Perspective: Bill Owen [1942-2013]

June | July 2014       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

As dust flies, a weathered-looking cowboy leans in with concentration as he rides up behind a group of calves running alongside a fence. He has just roped a calf but now a cow has…

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Perspective: Beatrice Mandelman [1912-1998] 

October | November 2012       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

When young artists Beatrice Mandelman and her husband, Louis Ribak, left New York City and moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1944, they traveled part of the way from Santa Fe…

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Perspective: Gennie DeWeese [1921-2007]

Spring | Summer 2011       Written By Michele Corriel      

It is nearly impossible to tell the story of contemporary Western art without understanding the work and influence of Gennie DeWeese. Along with husband, painter Bob DeWeese, Gennie’s presence injected…

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Perspective: Nicolai Fechin [1881–1955]

June | July 2017       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

In 1895 in the Russian town of Kazan, a trading port and cultural crossroads on the wide Volga River, 13-year-old Nicolai Ivanovich Fechin stood at a crossroads in life. His…

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Perspective: Edgar S. Paxson

Winter | Spring 2008       Written By Charles Finn      

In 1877, at Ryan Canyon in southwestern Montana Territory, a young man steps off the freight wagon he’s driving and into the wheel ruts of history. It is less than…

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Perspective: Gene Kloss [1903–1996]

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

In an open-top touring car with a water jug strapped to the door, Gene and Phillips Kloss motored over dirt, sand and rough gravel roads from San Francisco to New…

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Perspective: Paul Kane [1810–1871]

August | September 2017       Written By Toby Thompson      

He was a rugged expeditionary, a man who in 1845 trekked alone through much of the Canadian outback and traveled with Hudson’s Bay traders through the Northwest Territories from 1846…

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Perspective: George Catlin [1796-1872]

June | July 2015       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

In one of the great ironies of his life, George Catlin was sometimes criticized for having too much sympathy for indigenous Americans, putting the artist out of step with the spirit…

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Perspective: O.C. Seltzer [1877–1957]

February | March 2016       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

Olaf Carl Seltzer was 19 when he wandered into the Silver Dollar Saloon in Great Falls, Montana. It was in March 1897, still late winter in central Montana, and a…

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Perspective: Alfredo Ramos Martinez [1871–1946]

February | March 2014       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

When Mexican Modernist Alfredo Ramos Martínez set up his studio in Los Angeles in 1929, the elegant, quiet, sophisticated painter was primed for the creative freedom offered by southern California at…

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Perspective: Frank Reaugh [1860–1945]

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

Curator Peter Mears tells the story of a collector who was paging through an art magazine when his eye stopped on a Frank Reaugh painting. The pastel image was rendered…

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Perspective: Fritz Scholder [1937-2005]

August | September 2012       Written By Richard Polsky      

In 1969, Fritz Scholder completed the modest canvas Indian with Beer Can — and Native American art was never the same. In fact, back then there was no such thing as…

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Perspective: Thomas Hart Benton [1889 –1975]

February | March 2015       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

There was a time not so long ago when we — the American public with an interest in art — were not supposed to like Thomas Hart Benton. From the late…

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Perspective: Bierstadt to Warhol — American Indians in the West

February | March 2013       Written By Donna Poulton      

By 1890, two important and disparate events transpired to create a paradigm shift in the fundamental perceptions of the American West by Euro-American artists and by the country as a whole.…

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Perspective: John Ford Clymer [1907-1989]

Summer | Fall 2011       Written By Todd Wilkinson      

John Ford Clymer is categorized as a Western artist. Whenever his work surfaces at auction, the tendency among younger collectors is to draw conclusions based solely on subject matter. It’s…

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Perspective: Helen Henderson Chain [1849–1892]

February | March 2017       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

Anyone who has hiked Colorado’s high country or ascended any of its 14,000-foot peaks may have trouble imagining this: a petite woman scrambling over rocky outcroppings and following trailless ridges…

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Perspective: Frederick Remington

October | November 2013       Written By Toby Thompson      

Out of the darkness comes danger— the fear — as a patrol is fired upon. Its enemy is unseen, the gunshots unheard by the viewer as horses rear and riders…

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Perspective: Group f/64

August | September 2016       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

When a handful of San Francisco area photographers got together one night in 1932 for a little bootleg grain alcohol and camaraderie, there was something bigger than socializing on their…

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Perspective: The Salmungundi Club

Spring | Summer 2010       Written By Allen Morris Jones      

Western art as we know it now was effectively born in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period wherein a handful of painters and sculptors took up their…

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Perspective: Bronze Visions of the West

August | September 2014       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

Take a well-known American artist with a vivid imagination and a rich repertoire of ideas about the Old West, but with no formal training in sculpture. Pair him with a young,…

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Perspective: Ralph Meyers [1885-1948]

Winter | Spring 2011       Written By Steve Winston      

In the first half of the 20th century, Taos was bursting with the artistic genius and creative energy that would transform it into one of the premier art towns in…

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Perspective: Los Rancheros Visitadores

Summer | Fall 2008       Written By Isabelle Walker      

One hundred years ago, on the oak-studded, grassy pastures of California’s Central Coast, it was customary for the native cowboys, the vaqueros, to ride from ranch to ranch at branding…

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Perspective: Frida Kahlo [1907–1954]

June | July 2016       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

Long before Madonna and Lady Gaga made calculated self-invention into an art, there was Frida Kahlo. Long before social media and the ubiquitous selfie sent people’s faces around the globe,…

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Perspective: Hans Kleiber [1887-1967]

Fall | Winter 2008       Written By Todd Wilkinson      

“I had gone into forestry for the pure love of it. My years of work for the [United States Forest Service] filled a niche in my life that nothing else…

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Perspective:  The Taos Society of Artists

August | September 2015       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

When New York and Chicago art critics got their first look at paintings by members of the Taos Society of Artists, formed in 1915, some described the work as unrealistic…

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Perspective: Elling William Gollings [1878-1932]

Summer | Fall 2009      

The rhythmic rocking of the steam engine brought the young man in the chair car from a deep sleep and back to reality. Bill Gollings looked out upon the rolling…

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Perspective: Carl Rungius [1869-1959]

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

Amid a career that established him as a master painter of big game animals of North America, Carl Clemens Moritz Rungius questioned the habit of distinguishing between wildlife art and art.…

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Perspective: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Other Women

October | November 2014       Photography By Joel Puliatti       Written By Mark Anthony Wilson      

In his 2009 best-selling novel, The Women, acclaimed writer T.C. Boyle wrote about Frank Lloyd Wright’s relationships with his three wives and his mistress, Mamah Cheney. Several biographies of Wright…

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Perspective: Gustave Baumann [1881-1971]

April | May 2012       Written By Richard Polsky      

Timing is everything. I had traveled to Santa Fe, in part to see as many Gustave Baumann prints in person as time would allow. My first stop was The Owings Gallery.…

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Perspective: Armin Hansen [1886–1957]

April | May 2015       Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

When Armin Hansen walked into a room, his friends said it was as if a gust of Pacific salt air blew in with him. He a big man, tall and sturdy, the…

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Perspective: Ernest “Darcy” Chiriack

April | May 2013       Written By Shari Morrison      

There is a reason Ernest Chiriacka’s name isn’t a familiar one amidst lineups of leading Western artists. It isn’t that he wasn’t trained at the best art schools in America: He studied at the…

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Perspective: Willard Clark [1910-1992]

Summer | Fall 2010      

Spend any time in Santa Fe and you’re likely to come across the work of Willard Clark. In fact his images are so ingrained in the culture of the town,…

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