In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein

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"The text by Peter H. Hassrick and Elizabeth J. Cunningham draws on Blumenschein's papers as well as other archival sources to explore in depth the dimensions of his multifaceted life and his place in American history and culture. They examine his sixty-four-year artistic career, first as an illustrator and then a painter, revealing how his technique evolved and how his schooling and the artistic movements of his time informed his work. The authors demonstrate how Blumenschein's musical training profoundly influenced his painting, and they ...
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"The text by Peter H. Hassrick and Elizabeth J. Cunningham draws on Blumenschein's papers as well as other archival sources to explore in depth the dimensions of his multifaceted life and his place in American history and culture. They examine his sixty-four-year artistic career, first as an illustrator and then a painter, revealing how his technique evolved and how his schooling and the artistic movements of his time informed his work. The authors demonstrate how Blumenschein's musical training profoundly influenced his painting, and they address issues overlooked in previous studies, such as Blumenschein's pivotal role in helping to preserve American Indian culture. Additional contributions by noted art historians focus on particular paintings, such as Superstition (1921) and Jury of the Trial of a Sheepherder for Murder (1936), and particular aspects of the artist's work, including modernism and his promotion of American Indian rights." In Contemporary Rhythm shows that, far from simply a western painter, Blumenschein is a major figure in twentieth-century American art, bridging traditionalism and modernism. As the only book of its kind available on this influential artist, it is a major contribution to American art history. It is also a visual feast.
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Peter H. Hassrick is Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, and the author or coauthor of numerous books, including In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein (coauthored with Elizabeth J. Cunningham).

Elizabeth J. Cunningham, an independent art scholar, curator, lecturer, and writer who lives in Joseph, Oregon, is an authority on Blumenschein.

Lewis I. Sharp is Frederick and Jan Mayer Director, Denver Art Museum.

Cathy L. Wright is Director, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.

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Table of Contents

Foreword James K. Ballinger Ballinger, James K. Lewis I. Sharp Sharp, Lewis I. Cathy L. Wright Wright, Cathy L.

Acknowledgments

Introduction Peter H. Hassrick Hassrick, Peter H. Elizabeth J. Cunningham Cunningham, Elizabeth J. 3

Ch. 1 Building Color Muscle: The Path to Painting, 1874-1909 Elizabeth J. Cunningham Cunningham, Elizabeth J. 11

Ch. 2 In Search of the Real Thing: Blumenschein in the 1910s Peter H. Hassrick Hassrick, Peter H. 65

Superstition and the Artist's Defense of Native Rights Skip Keith Miller Miller, Skip Keith 119

Ch. 3 Chasing Rainbows: Taos in the 1920s Peter H. Hassrick Hassrick, Peter H. 129

The Extraordinary Affray: Indians and Identity Sarah E. Boehme Boehme, Sarah E. 197

Ch. 4 Blumenschein, Modernism, and National Art in the 1930s Elizabeth J. Cunningham Cunningham, Elizabeth J. 203

Ourselves and Taos Neighbors: Portrait Group of "Notorious Taos Freaks" Skip Keith Miller Miller, Skip Keith 245

Ch. 5 In Contemporary Rhythm: The Search for Final Perfection Elizabeth J. Cunningham Cunningham, Elizabeth J. 253

Twelve Men, Listening: Blumenschein's Struggle with Murder, Justice, and the Inarticulate Soul of America James Moore Moore, James 290

Modernism and the Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein Jerry N. Smith Smith, Jerry N. 304

Chronology Elizabeth J. Cunningham Cunningham, Elizabeth J. 319

Exhibition Checklist 331

Notes 337

Selected Bibliography 379

Index 385

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