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Title Independent spirits : women painters of the American West, 1890-1945 / Patricia Trenton, editor ; with essays by Sandra D'Emilio ... and others]
Published Los Angeles, Calif. : Autry Museum of Western Heritage in association with the University of California Press, 1995


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'BOOL  759.18082 Tre/Isw  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 304 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 29 cm
Contents Introduction: Women Envision the West, 1890-1945 / Virginia Scharff -- I. Searching for Selfhood: Women Artists of Northern California / Susan Landauer -- II. "Islands for Selfhood": Women Traditionalists of Southern California / Patricia Trenton -- III. The Adventuresome, the Eccentrics, and the Dreamers: Women Modernists of Southern California / Ilene Susan Fort -- IV. Northwestern Exposure / Vicki Halper -- V. No Woman's Land: Arizona Adventures / Sarah J. Moore -- VI. Inner Voices, Outward Forms: Women Painters in New Mexico / Sandra D'Emilio and Sharyn Udall -- VII. Lone Star Spirits / Susan Landauer and Becky Duval Reese -- VIII. "I must paint": Women Artists of the Rocky Mountain Region / Erika Doss -- IX. Cultivating the Grasslands: Women Painters in the Great Plains / Joni L. Kinsey
Summary Brilliantly illustrated with more than 100 color plates, this book is a rich compendium of Western art by women, including those of American Indian, Mexican, African, and Asian heritage. The essays examine economic, social, and political forces that shaped this art over years of profound change. The dynamic growth of the West altered the role of women and opened new opportunities within the dominant culture, beginning in the late nineteenth century. In contrast to the East, the West was less constrained by tradition and social hierarchy: Western women had more freedom than their Eastern counterparts in almost every sphere of creative endeavor. In most Western states women had the vote before 1915, five years before the passage of the 19th Amendment. By 1924 the West had sent the first women to the U.S. Congress and had elected two woman governors (Wyoming and Texas) and a woman mayor of a large city (Seattle). Sometimes following the art currents of the times, sometimes working apart from them, women artists in the West painted in a variety of styles that included Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of these women pursued additional careers in order to support the making of art. Some owned art galleries, others avidly collected art, while still others preferred to write art criticism in widely read publications. Many shared their talents by teaching classes and administering art programs in schools and colleges
Notes Catalog of an exhibition of the same name organized by the Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 274-292) and index
Subject Painting, American -- Exhibitions.
Painting, American -- 20th century -- West (U.S.) -- Exhibitions.
Painting, American -- West (U.S.) -- Exhibitions.
Painting, American -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century -- Exhibitions.
Painting, Modern -- 19th century -- West (U.S.) -- Exhibitions.
Painting, Modern -- 20th century -- West (U.S.) -- Exhibitions.
Women paibters -- West (U.S.) -- Exhibitions
Women painters -- West (U.S.) -- Exhibitions.
West (U.S.) -- In art -- Exhibitions.
West (U.S.) -- In art -- Exhibitions.
Genre/Form Exhibition catalogs.
Author D'Emilio, Sandra, 1939-
Trenton, Patricia.
Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
LC no. 95017367
ISBN 0520202023 (acid-free paper)
0520202031 (paperback: acid-free paper)