The state of Texas is a vast land of tremendous variety. From the lush piney woods of East Texas to the semiarid deserts of West Texas, from the Gulf Coast to the High Plains of the Panhandle, the land, people, and legends of the Lone Star State have inspired an equally diverse group of painters and sculptors.
Texas Traditions brings together both historic and contemporary artists, showcasing their work in more than 200 images as colorful as the men and women who created them. Michael Duty, who selected the artists appearing in the volume, authors a lead essay on historic Texas artists from the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries. Susan Hallsten McGarry interviews 36 contemporary artists whose paintings and sculptures pay homage today to the Texas ethos and reveal artistic influences that compel each artist toward his or her unique style and voice.
Texas Traditions is a library addition that refuses to stay on the shelf. Readers will enjoy endless hours of vibrant, moving imagery, Texas geography, and the kind of artistic personalities that reveal why Texas stands out as not only a place but also a persona.
|Publisher:||Fresco Fine Art Publications, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||11.70(w) x 10.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Michael Duty is the executive director of the National Center for American Western Art in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of several books on Western art and history, and has organized over fifty museum exhibitions on western art and history subjects.
Susan Hallsten McGarry is an independent curator and writer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She earned her master's degree in art history from the University of Minnesota and served as editor-in-chief of Southwest Art magazine from 1979 to 1997. McGarry has authored more than fifteen books and catalogs on American artists and contributed to many more.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So much more than a book full of pretty pictures! The highly readable introduction to this book is worth a couple of years art history credit. Author and art historian Michael Duty seamlessly guides the reader back and forth across time and across the vastly different spaces that are Texas. To do this, he uses colorful, high quality images from artists who helped shape our perception of Texas as the somewhat unruly and ultimate west. It isn't just longhorns and traditional cowboy art, either, altho that part of Texas is both well-represented and discussed. Duty and co-author Susan McGarry (among her other credits, McGarry was editor of Southwest Art for almost two decades)take the reader into the studios of 36 professional artists currently painting and sculpting Texas and the west. McGarry interviewed each artist selected for inclusion. She shares insights into inspirations for different works of art, takes the reader into studios as diverse as the Texas landscape, explains each artist's works in terms of place or history or both. Land, people, wildlife, all beautifully reproduced fine art. Whether your interest is in Texas, artists, nature, or fine representational art, this big book is a classic.