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Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art

Joseph Traugott

This book takes a serious and ironic look at popular icons in western American culture—cowboy boots and masterpieces in western art—to explore American cultural values and pervasive themes in twentieth-century art. Cowboy boots are examined as markers of western life, as works of art, and subjects of works of art. The author has selected stellar examples of boots made by skilled and famous boot makers to offer a counterpoint to the "fine art" more typically considered. He has also selected drawings, paintings, prints, and photographs that reflect the changing attitudes and perceptions of western culture over the past fifty years and raise conceptual issues about western mores and modern life.


Joseph Traugott is the curator of twentieth-century art at the New Mexico Museum of Art and the author of numerous books including New Mexico Art Through Time: Prehistory to the Present and Art of New Mexico: How the West is One (both Museum of New Mexico Press).


"In beautiful reproductions, Traugott presents us with the work of Frederick Remington, Charles M. Russell, and others whose oeuvres were crucial to the development of the American popular culture persona of the cowboy. . . . Sole Mates serves as a thought-provoking exploration of the ways in which contemporary art re-envisions interpretations of the West that continue to permeate our culture."


Montana The Magazine of Western History

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press/Published in association with the New Mexico Museum of Art

10 x 9 in. 124 pages 96 color and 70 black-and-white photographs