If the idea for MoMA's "Into the Sunset:
Photography's Image of the American West" isn't particularly original,
its execution is.
show opens with Richard Prince's Marlboro cowboy leaping into the
circle of his lariat before a vista of flat, golden plains. Look right
and you're staring into the weathered face of an unemployed blackjack
dealer, in a portrait by Richard Avedon. Look left and a row of classic
landscape views by Laura Gilpin, Edward Weston, Minor White, and Timothy
O'Sullivan leads to Carleton Watkins's panoramic triptych of Yosemite,
in the mid-nineteenth century.
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