Now at the Gilcrease Museum: "The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell"
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, we speak with Randy Ramer of Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum. Ramer is Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Gilcrease, and he joins us to give an overview of the museum's vast and exciting new show, "The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture." This exhibit opened on February 6th and will run though May 2nd. It's the first-ever major retrospective of Russell's work, and it showcases more than 100 of the artist's finest paintings and bronze sculptures (as well as a number of his personal effects rarely seen by the public). Long seen as a titan of American Western art, Russell (1864-1926) remains one of this country's most significant artists of the early 20th century. During his lifetime, he completed more than 4,000 paintings and sculptures --- and his cowboys, American Indians, historical figures, and Western fauna are among the icons of our nation's Western experience. Self-trained as an artist, actually employed for some time as a cowboy, and forever concerned with the narrative purposes and possibilities of art, "Charlie" Russell still engages today's viewers with vibrant, captivating scenes of Western life and Western landscapes. (You can learn more about this show at the following web page --- http://www.gilcrease.org/exhibits.aspx#russell.)