Show Preview | The West Through the Lens

Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum, through February 22

Robert Osborn, Alvin Pierce, Arrowhead Ranch, Immigrant Peak, Montana 2014, archival pigment print, 32 x 40.

Robert Osborn, Alvin Pierce, Arrowhead Ranch, Immigrant Peak, Montana 2014, archival pigment print, 32 x 40.

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Photography can sometimes be forgotten in the western fine-art world. The Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ, helps change that with its current show and sale titled Click!—the West Through the Lens, which runs through February 22. Building on the success of past photography shows that featured legendary photographers like Edward Curtis and Ansel Adams, this event showcases the works of contemporary regional and national photographers. “We really wanted to show what the West looks like through the lens of these artists,” says museum curator Lynette Tritel. “We tried to open it up so they could give us different [views] that people wouldn’t normally [associate with] the West.”

The show and sale features 17 acclaimed and emerging photographers—each presenting six photos—including Raechel Running, Scott Baxter, Jay Dusard, Gary Ladd, Lynn Sankey, and Cheyenne Rouse. “Raechel Running is one of the more established artists [in the show]. She shows the borderlands between Arizona and Mexico,” Tritel explains. “Cheyenne Rouse has an unusual vision on landscapes. She goes for subtle moods and textures and uses old discarded objects to tell stories.”

Other photographers in the show capture spectacular red-rock landscapes, Native Americans in traditional clothing, and much more. Both color and black-and-white photographs are included. “We have some outstanding artists in this exhibit, and it’s nice to see through [their] eyes how they see the world,” Tritel explains. —Joe Kovack

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