Autry’s Best

A new book fea­tures high­lights from the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion at the Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West.

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Anew book from the Univer­sity of Ok­la­homa Press takes a deep look into the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion at the Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West in Los An­ge­les. The mu­seum, home to the Masters of the Amer­i­can West ex­hi­bi­tion, is one of the premier Western art mu­se­ums in the coun­try and is re­spected for its mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion that ranges from some of the ear­li­est it­er­a­tions of Western art to con­tem­po­rary works by liv­ing artists.

Art of the West: Se­lected Works from the Autry Mu­seum takes a thought­ful look into the mu­seum’s rich his­tory and col­lec­tion. The book, which fea­tures more than 150 color il­lus­tra­tions, is edited by Amy Scott, the mu­seum’s Chief Cu­ra­tor and Mar­i­lyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Cu­ra­tor of Visual Arts, with a for­ward by Stephen Aron and an af­ter­word by Brian W. Dip­pie.

“…[T]he Autry was founded as a mu­seum in which art of­fers a means of gain­ing ac­cess to a larger cul­tural mo­ment,” writes Scott. “Through the art of the Amer­i­can West, we come to know the cir­cum­stances and broader his­to­ries that con­tinue to in­form its mak­ing.”

The book ex­am­ines the his­tory of the mu­seum and its fa­mous founder, ac­tor Gene Autry, and also the themes that run through­out the mag­nif­i­cent col­lec­tion, which in­cludes ma­jor pieces from Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton, Ernest L. Blu­men­schein, Eanger Irv­ing Couse, Al­bert Bier­stadt, John Mix Stan­ley, Ge­orge Carl­son, Howard Terp­n­ing, Frank Ten­ney John­son, May­nard Dixon, N.C. Wyeth and Thomas Mo­ran, whose 86-inch-tall Moun­tain of the Holy Cross has a tow­er­ing pres­ence at the mu­seum.

In ad­di­tion to Western art,

Art of the West also ex­am­ines the rest of the mu­seum’s di­verse col­lec­tion of ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing Na­tive pot­tery and weav­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy, illustration, bas­ketry, sad­dles, mo­tor­cy­cles and much more.

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Art of the West: Se­lected Works from the Autry Mu­seum

Howard Terp­n­ing, The Force of Na­ture Hum­bles All Men, 2003, oil, 70 x 90". Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West, 2003.106.1. © Terp­n­ing Fam­ily Lim­ited Part­ner­ship LLLP.

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Western Char­ac­ters on Horse­back, oil on can­vas, 34 x 38". Mu­seum pur­chase, 88.108.30.

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