The Return of Richard Avedon’s In The American West

By Suzanne
April 5, 2017 , In Art


If there was ever a month to celebrate art in Dallas, April is it. With the Dallas Art Fair come one-of-a-kind exhibits that are worth making time for.  We are particularly excited about the return of Richard Avedon’s collection of portraits from In the American West to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

“When renowned New York City fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) agreed in late 1978 to take on a commission from the Amon Carter to create a portrait of the American West through its people, he was filled with uncertainty about whether the project would succeed. The following spring he went to the Rattlesnake Round-Up in Sweetwater, Texas. That weekend he created six evocative portraits that would set the tone and bar for five more years of photographing. In these sittings, he discovered people who conveyed through their faces, clothes, and postures, not merely hard living but the full embrace of existence. This selection of 17 of the project’s Texas images makes abundantly clear why In the American West has become a touchstone in photographic history.”

A combined tour of both Avedon in Texas: Selections from In the American West and Homer and Remington in Black and White is available at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. No reservations are required.

For those of you who are interested in taking a little of the exhibit home, we found this 1985 edition of the book In The American West which includes 120 of the commissioned images.