Published on the occasion of the exhibitions Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, November 3, 2013-April 13, 2014, Today's West! Contemporary Art from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia, October 24, 2013-April 13, 2014.
Go West! Forging the image of the American frontier: art of the West before 1900 / Stephanie Mayer Heydt -- End of the frontier and the birth of nostalgia: art of the Old West after 1900 / Mindy N. Besaw -- Native art and a sense of place in the Great Plains / Emma I. Hansen
"The visual history of the American West calls to mind iconic artworks and nostalgia for the past. Art of the American Frontier presents more than 300 artworks and artifacts from 1830 to 1930, showcasing the premier collections of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The complicated history of westward expansion is presented through the iconography of the frontier, spanning Plains Indian materials, government survey photographs, and paintings by early artist-explorers. In the 20th century, a growing romance with the West is evident in the theatrics of Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West show, with its blend of popular culture and history that inspired numerous artists. The dialogue between the historical West and the nostalgia for it can be seen in highlights including Timothy O'Sullivan's government survey photographs, Frederic Remington's rare Impressionist landscape studies, and charming wax sculptures by Charles Russell. Complete with three essays and ten brief expositions on a range of art, culture, and history topics, this generously illustrated catalogue provides a comprehensive overview of 100 years of art from the American West"-- Provided by publisher.