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Western Art Collector August 2019/ No.144

With previews of gallery exhibitions, museum shows and auctions, Western Art Collector is the premier monthly magazine for collectors searching for works by talented living and past artists who depict the West in paintings and sculptures.

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western art collector

AUGUST 2019 Monthly PUBLISHER Vincent W. Miller EDITORIAL EDITOR Joshua Rose editor@westernartcollector.com MANAGING EDITOR Rochelle Belsito rbelsito@westernartcollector.com DEPUTY EDITOR Michael Clawson assistanteditor@westernartcollector.com ASSISTANT EDITOR Alyssa M. Tidwell ASSOCIATE EDITOR Taylor Transtrum SANTA FE EDITOR John O’Hern CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Francis Smith EDITORIAL INTERN Maia Gelvin ADVERTISING (866) 619-0841 SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Lisa Redwine lredwine@westernartcollector.com SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Christie Cavalier ccavalier@westernartcollector.com SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Anita Weldon aweldon@westernartcollector.com SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Heather K. Raskin hraskin@westernartcollector.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Cami Beaugureau camib@westernartcollector.com TRAFFIC MANAGER Britton Courtney traffic@westernartcollector.com PRODUCTION MULTI MEDIA MANAGER Adolfo Castillo ART DIRECTOR Tony Nolan GRAPHIC DESIGNER Audrey Welch PRODUCTION ARTIST Dana Long SUBSCRIPTIONS (877) 947-0792 SUBSCRIPTIONS MANAGER Emily Yee service@westernartcollector.com ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE Jaime Peach jpeach@westernartcollector.com ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR Darrow Brunkenhoefer admin@westernartcollector.com…

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content is king

Over here at Western Art Collector magazine we believe that content is king and the best collectors are the most informed collectors. Further, we believe that our most important job is to make sure this happens month by month, issue by issue, year by year. And this is why we spend so much of our time researching the market for both historic and contemporary Western art, traveling to important shows, interviewing curators, directors, collectors, artists and dealers and truly finding the pulse of the market. But we don’t stop there. We want to make sure you enjoy reading this magazine just as much as we enjoy putting it together. That is why we take the time to find interesting features, to really take the time needed to write such stories and…

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by popular demand

When Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West opened in early 2015, one of the original exhibitions featured the work of Will James. The exhibition, Will James: Cowboy Artist and Author, is back by popular demand at the museum in Scottsdale, Arizona. The second presentation of the exhibition opened in May and will continue through August 18. “As a working cowboy, Will James was able to work up close and personal with horses and cattle. In his artwork, most notably his illustrations, James perfected the expression and muscle-packed energy of his subjects—especially horses,” says Tricia Loscher, the museum’s curator. “We are thrilled to bring back this popular exhibition for a limited three-month run during our summer season so that locals, staycationers and visitors alike can come in an experience the life force…

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teddy in texas

In May the Briscoe Western Art Museum announced the temporary installation of a bronze monument of President Theodore Roosevelt in San Antonio, Texas. The bronze, showing “Teddy” Roosevelt seated on a horse, was created by prominent Western sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor. The work was installed near the historic Menger Hotel pending its permanent installation as part of the Alamo Sculpture Trail, a series of 14 statues that link the Alamo to the Briscoe. The Proctor piece, created from the original 1922 mold, was donated by Texas businessman and advocate of the arts Jack Guenther. “I am pleased to see the Alamo Sculpture Trail near completion with today’s installment of the Teddy Roosevelt statue,” said Guenther at the installation. “These key figures of our city and nation’s history deserve to be prominently…

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the voyage

A book written by German explorer and naturalist Prince Alexander Philipp Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied and illustrated by artist-explorer Karl Bodmer sold at auction for $187,500, surpassing its high estimate of $150,000. The sale was part of the June 21 Christie’s sale New York Summa de Arithmetica: The Birth of Modern Business and the Spring Fine Books and Manuscripts Including Americana, which realized nearly $4.7 million in total sales. The book, a French first edition, is titled Voyage dans l’intérieur de l’Amérique du Nord, or Travels in the Interior of North America. Bodmer was hired by the prince to record his American expedition that began in 1832. The trip took them to Indiana in the fall of that year, after which the company traveled down the Missouri River to New Orleans. In…

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a life well lived

Artist, illustrator and muralist Zachary Pullen was about to begin work on a series of commissions when the person who had commissioned him, collector Mick McMurry, died in 2015. The project, based around the Cowboy Code of Ethics, would never come to pass. Fast forward four years later and Pullen has completed work on a similar series of work meant to honor McMurry and his life, and the show will open August 10 at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming. Cowboy Ethics — A Life Well Lived will feature 10 murals, each one highlighting one of the Cowboy Code of Ethics as well as a part of McMurry’s life and career. “I present the Cowboy Code of Ethics through his life, snippets of his life,” Pullen says. “He was given…