Jerry West: The Alchemy of Memory: The Alchemy of Memory

Jerry R West (Author) Solnit Rebecca (Author)
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Jerry West: The Alchemy of Memory is the long-awaited, richly deserved retrospective of one of Santa Fe and New Mexico's most prominent artists. West was born in 1933 before the war that brought New Mexico into the modern century. His father Harold E. ("Hal") West, a WPA artist, anchored his son in the rugged world of ranch life and an abiding respect for American regionalism, with a deep affinity for family, the ease of friendships, and the loneliness of the Dust Bowl prairie. West's paintings explore the complex psychology of his dreams and the vividness of memories mixed in with his experiences and perceptions being a child of a world scarred by wars and the atomic bomb. All of this produces rich, complex, often challenging paintings of metaphor and allegory that speak powerfully to the beauty, mystery, and magnificence of the human condition that West examines in his work.

Product Details

Museum of New Mexico Press
Publish Date
May 15, 2015
10.4 X 1.0 X 12.4 inches | 3.85 pounds

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About the Author

Jerry R. West is one of New Mexico's most prominent artists.

Rebecca Solnit is the author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, hope and disaster, including A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster (Penguin, 2010) and Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (Haymarket, 2016).