The West


The Modern West: American Landscapes, 1890–1950

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Georgia O'Keeffe
Evening Star No. II
watercolor on paper

Let us say that a painting-and-photography exhibition has to have the text that serves to establish the fact of letters among the interleaves, and the text in the catalogue amounts to all that.

By a trick, Thomas Moran takes the scenic route with the photographers, Marsden Hartley and Stanton Macdonald-Wright achieve the oneness and the high that are outlasting, the barroom brawlers and itinerant preachers give you on the wagon train of Jackson Pollock’s drip-cans Clyfford Still.

We have it in mind that the place is not surrounded for nothing.