By Donna Tennant
The Frederic Remington Art Museum Collection
By Brian W. Dippie
Though born and raised on the East Coast, Frederic Remington’s work is synonymous with the American West. His paintings and sculptures defined the region and gave it a mythological lure that exists to this day. Remington is also a controversial figure; many of his works are criticized for containing racial stereotypes. The Frederic Remington Art Museum Collection is the first book to explore the collection of the artist’s works at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, NY, near his boyhood home of Canton. The book discusses Remington’s life and artistic development and features more than 100 paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the collection. Using letters, diaries, and other archival materials, the author examines the way the political, cultural, and social attitudes of Remington’s time influenced his works.
2001 Henry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, in association with the Frederic Remington Art Museum, 264 pages, 127 color illustrations, 206 duotones, $49.50 hardbound
Augustus W. Dunbier: Paint for the Love of Color
By Lonnie Pierson Dunbier and Marcia Kmack
This new book presents more than 100 landscape, still-life, and figurative paintings by Nebraska artist Augustus W. Dunbier [1888-1977]. Dunbier created colorful, impressionistic works that earned him a loyal following and made him the first Nebraska artist to earn a living solely through art. He regularly painted in the Southwest, becoming close friends with artists such as Walter Ufer and E.I. Couse. His search for great landscapes also took him to Oregon, Maine, and other points in between, but his favorite subject remained the hills, trees, farms, and cities of Nebraska. Lonnie Pierson Dunbier, who was married to the artist’s late son Roger, uses many of her husband’s anecdotes about his father to tell the story of his life and art.
2000 Western Edge Press, Santa Fe, NM, 88 pages, 100 color plates, 15 black-and-white photographs, $24.95 softbound (ISBN 1-889921-09-2)
Stitching Rites: Colcha Embroidery Along the Northern Rio Grande
By Suzanne P. MacAulay
Colcha embroidery, a traditional Spanish Colonial style of needlework dating back to the early 19th century, thrives in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. In Stitching Rites, folklorist and art historian Suzanne Macaulay traces the history of Colcha embroidery and explains how stitchers blend art, history, and personal memories to create vibrant and intimate works of art. In addition to exploring the changes in stitching techniques and themes, the book introduces readers to contemporary stitchers such as Josephine Lobato and members of the San Luis Ladies Sewing Circle. Macaulay also discusses the colcha movement that developed in Carson, NM, and the role these works play in the collector’s market.
2000 University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, 220 pages, 10 halftones, 8 color plates, $35 hardbound (ISBN 0-8165-2029-1)
Featured in April 2001