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Canyon de Chelly, Arizona (Spider Rock)

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona (Spider Rock)

Artist: Joan Myers (American, born 1944)
Printer: Wendy Young (American, born 1963)
Date: 2013
Medium: pigment print
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Joan Myers, 2017
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Object number: 2017.5.26
Description
Acutely aware of the iconography and symbols used to romanticize life in the West, Myers photographs the intersecting spaces where contemporary Western life, often raw and complex, overlaps with myth. The artist contrasts imagery of the natural world with the man-made, often using highly saturated color to emphasize the commercialization and commodification of the West. In other images, she shoots in black-and-white, channeling old movies and a patina of nostalgia. The resulting images constitute a rich visual tapestry that weaves together American mythology of the West with its many histories and present-day practices.
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