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Seattle Art Museum: Reclaimed and Beauty & Bounty

These two related interactives from the Seattle Art Museum show how the ways in which artists - and the rest of us - regard nature have changed over time. Reclaimed consists of five 20th century works that visitors can access through the Explore the Art link at the bottom of the page and navigate through using the buttons in the lower right. Included are fairly straight portraits of nature, such as Garfield County, Colorado by noted landscape photographer Robert Adams, as well as Bovine by Whiting Tennis, a construction made of wood and other found objects. There are also a couple images of people in nature - Lyle, North Puyallup, by Glenn Rudolph, and Erin Rieman along the Siuslaw River, Oregon, by Eirik Johnson. Beauty & Bounty returns us to an earlier time, pointing out the important role of art during America's westward expansion in the 19th and very early 20th centuries, to "fire the collective imagination of a nation and draw emigrants westward." A good example is the 1906 photograph by Darius Kinsey, Three loggers felling a fire tree, in which one logger lounges in the cut they're making into the tree to demonstrate just how big that tree is.
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Date of Scout Publication 2011-09-02
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