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Charles Marion Russell: Storyteller in Bronze

Aug 3 - Sep 29, 2018

Santa Fe

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The Gerald Peters Gallery is proud to present C. M. Russell: Storyteller in Bronze, an exhibition featuring many of his iconic bronzes through which we glimpse his personal observations and humorous reflections of a vanishing Western frontier.

Sculpture was Russell’s most spontaneous art form. Yet he did not come to sculpture until midcareer, successfully casting his
first statuette, Smoking Up in 1904, eventually casting forty-six models in bronze over the next two decades. His primary subjects were cowboys, Indians and animals. His bronzes of cowboy life are primarily light hearted and humorous. They have a spontaneity coupled with an eye for critical detail that give them an authenticity and excitement of real life. Russell was deeply sympathetic to the American Indian and his bronzes offer intimate glimpses of their tribal ceremonies and family life. Russell’s wildlife sculptures projected many moods from predatorytowhimsical. Heoftenfocusedonendangeredspecies,suchaswolvesandbison,andportrayedthemasenduringsymbolsof the Old West.

Near the end of his life, Russell enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood crowd, and portrayed his good friend, movie actor and humorist, Will Rogers, in bronze. He also enjoyed satirizing the actor’s craft and the emerging image of the cowboy as a moral paragon and savior of fair damsels in distress. Russell shared few of the beliefs and ambitions of his age and mourned the passing of the Old West and the wanton destruction of the American Indian culture and western wildlife. These bronzes are personal, rather than public statements and reflect the character and personality of the cowboy-artist.

Associated Gallery Events:

The gallery is proud to host Western scholar B. Byron Price who will explore Charlie Russell’s encounters in Hollywood during the Roaring 20’s and the symbiotic relationship between his art and western cinema.

Later the same day, well-known western author, Johnny D. Boggs, will introduce a showing of the John FordClassic,FortApache,starringHenryFondaandJohnWayne,attheJeanCocteauTheatreinSantaFe at 4pm.

B.ByronPriceisDirectoroftheCharlesM.RussellCenterfortheStudyofArtoftheAmericanWestatthe University of Oklahoma and is Director of the University of Oklahoma Press. Price spent nearly 25 years in the museum profession and is the author of more than three dozen journal articles on western American history and art and several award-winning books, including editor of the acclaimed Charles M. Russell: A Catalogue RaisonneĢ.

Johnny D. Boggs is an award-winning author of western fiction receiving the prestigious Spur Award from Western Writers of America a record-tying seven times and recipient of the 2004 Western Heritage Wrangler Award. A prolific writer of short nonfiction, Boggs has written about all aspects of the American West.

 

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