Weekend Heller: How the West Was Drawn, Painted and Designed

San Francisco designer Michael Schwab is part of an exhibition that will open up the Wild West to a new generation. Wild West: Plains to the Pacific at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Legion of Honor (until Sept. 11) “explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the Western United States from the frontier era to the present.” It is a companion exhibition to Ed Ruscha and the Great American West.

Featured along with Schwab’s Muir Woods poster (below) are paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts and ephemera in a thematic presentation that celebrates the abundance of diversity within the region’s physical environment. Included are works by Albert Bierstadt, Maynard Dixon, Ester Hernández, Thomas Moran, Eadweard Muybridge, Chiura Obata, Bill Owens, Frederic Remington, Ed Ruscha, Fritz Scholder, Michael Schwab, Wayne Thiebaud, Carleton Watkins, Emmi Whitehorse and other artists, whose diverse range of approaches to the theme contribute to a multifaceted picture of the American West. Here is a taste:

 

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