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Western Art of the Twenty-first Century: Native Americans

E. Ashley Rooney, Foreword by Seth Hopkins

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The second book in this two-volume survey, readers are invited to re-examine the history of the West and its art through a multi-faceted contemporary lens. More than 30 artists are included who reflect the tremendous diversity, depth, and breadth of a field steeped in history. While some follow the traditions established by Remington and Russell, others seek to break from tradition, busting myths and bringing new insights and artistic styles to the genre. They come from both sides of the Mississippi and have pedigrees that range from bona fide cowboy or Native American credentials to careers in commercial illustration. The unifying theme is a common concern for and commitment to their art and the West itself. In this volume, contemporary artists are featured whose work revolves around Native Americans. Native Americans still exist, and in many cases are thriving, as they revive or maintain their culture. Historically and even today, most imagery featuring native people suggests a lost cause or vanishing race. We hope that the art created on these pages will help reinforce the fact that Native American culture, while still threatened, is viable among many tribes.

Size: 9 1/8" x 8 1/8" | 156 color images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764356209

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As co-authors, Seth Hopkins and Ashley Rooney balance each other and offer different experiences and perspectives. Seth Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, a position he has held since 2000. Under his guidance, the Booth Museum grew from an initial vision of a 30,000 square regional art center to a world class, 120,000 square foot Smithsonian Affiliated museum. The Booth is now the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. Ashley is the author of over 55 books for Schiffer Publishing, specializing in contemporary art and architecture.