Winter | Spring 2008 Feature Articles

The Lens of History

IN ITS INFANCY AS A FINE ART, PHOTOGRAPHY IS A MEDIUM that has fully emerged within the past 200 years. Consider that alongside a painting created with some 30,000 years of tradition and scholarship behind it. It’s no surprise then that photography has only recently been embraced and validated as collectible art. The first serious auction of historic photographs in the…


The Giant in Our Midst

Written By Todd Wilkinson      

ACROSS AMERICA'S GREAT PLAINS, aboriginal stories tell of what happens when an old bison patriarch dies. Sensing that a momentous loss has occurred within the herd, buffalo from miles away converge, forming a circle around the departed and, in homage, pay their respects before scattering again to the wind. In early November, 2007, many of the finest artists in the…


They Walk Among Us

Written By Laura Zuckerman      

WHILE ICONS OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM SPENT THE 1950S GAIMING FAME for the bold and the cheekily beautiful, artists whose work was ill-suited to the mantle of Modernism were methodically laying the groundwork for a latter-day Realism whose reach today stretches from urban centers in the East to the wilds of the American West. Among the beneficiaries of the postmodern movement…


California Plein Air

By Chase Reynolds Ewald      

HANS-JOACHIM BILLIB IS HIGHLY ACCLAIMED IN EUROPE for his industrial paintings, as well as still lifes and landscapes. But the German artist had a lifelong dream: to paint San Francisco’s famous red bridge. Thanks to the inspiration of Marie-Nicolette Schottelius, he got his chance last year, when the German expat and art aficionado invited him to come to the Bay Area…


Chief. Shadow Catcher. Sign Talker.

I'D LIKE TO THINK I HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH THEM — Chief Plenty Coups, Edward Curtis, Frank Linderman — and with the person who gave me their legacy. Four of us are transplants from the Midwest. The Chief, however, was not. He lived and died on the land where he grew up, near Red Lodge, Montana; his lodge today, a…


Montana’s Muse

Written By Christene Meyers      

THE WISE MUSEUM PATRON DOES NOT TELL THE STAFF WHAT TO BUY. She suggests pieces, perhaps, but allows the professionals to make the ultimate artistic decision. That trait — offering possibilities rather than delivering edicts — makes Miriam Sample the ideal benefactor. Through her keen eye and understated taste, the Yellowstone Art Museum developed its impressive Montana Collection, part of…


New Classic Style

Written By Eliza Cross      

LIKE A BLACK CASHMERE SWEATER OR A STRAND OF PERFECTLY MATCHED PEARLS, the traditional style of interior design withstands transient trends and passing fads. The simple lines and historic origins of the style create enduring environments that invite gracious living, with harmonious colors and furnishings that are both refined and comfortable. Unlike rooms that are decorated with the cutting-edge accoutrements…


Western Camp

Written By Seabring Davis      

RISING OUT OF THE UNDULATING PRAIRIE, South Dakota’s Black Hills are a shock of highland forest in a vast sea of grass. Likewise, the gabled roof of a family cabin, nestled into the thick ponderosa pines and Black Hills spruce, stands on a hill overlooking these rolling uplands. Humble and homey, it looks as if it has been here since…