The Cowboy as Art


Denver Art Museum

Denver is as modern a city as you’ll find in the U.S. Tech companies and start-ups flourish here. It has a young and growing population and an evolving food and art scene. And that’s not to mention the thriving marijuana and microbrew industries.

That all makes it a little hard to remember that this was a cow town founded in the mid-19th century during the short-lived Pikes Peak Gold Rush. An exhibit this summer at the Denver Art Museum paid homage to that legacy. “Westerns” celebrated the West as it has been portrayed in painting, film and sculpture.

The Western

Frederic Remington painting

Ray’s Troop, Frederic Remington

The Great Train Robbery

The Great Train Robbery, Newell Convers Wyeth

The American Indian

The American Indian, Andy Warhol

Stagecoach poster

Western sculpture at Denver Art Museum

Indian Warrior, Alexander Phimister Proctor

Guzman sculpture at Denver Art Museum

El bueno, el malo y el feo, Daniel Guzman

Hanson sculpture at Denver Art Museum

Cowboy, Duane Hanson

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2 Responses to The Cowboy as Art

  1. reocochran says:

    There’s some legacy in all of us, when we look at cowboys! Beautiful images, Ken.

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  2. Donna Janke says:

    This looks like a nice collection of Western art, a mix of styles. Your photos do a good job of capturing the pieces. I saw a number of Remington pieces at the museum in Wickenburg, Arizona.

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