Saturday, June 25, 2016

'Wild West: Plains to the Pacific' at the Legion of Honor in SF

C. Obata
"Go West, young man" is a phrase often credited to the American authorHorace Greeley encouraging America's expansion westward, related to the then-popular concept of Manifest Destiny. It was first stated by John Babsone Lane Soule in an 1851 editorial in the Terre Haute Express, "Go west young man, and grow up with the country." Greeley later used the quote in his own editorial in 1865. For the next century, the west was the destination for immigrants, those seeking their fortune, those fleeing from the fall of fortune and many, many artists.

Taken from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums, "Wild West" at the Legion of Honor displays seldom seen treasures from their storehouse of art. The show explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present.

Peter Hurd

Hilarie Hiller

Ruth Asawa

Thomas Moran

Images courtesy of DeWitt Chang/used with permission 

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