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FROM CATLIN TO RANDO

June 28 – August 12, 2017
The Arts Center Gallery is open
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Admission is always free.

“From Catlin to Rando” represents paintings, prints and photographs collected by Mark Strand, Fargo, since 1968.

Some will remember Strand’s show at the Arts Center from last summer of a five-year photo documentary project about Jamestown, its historic architecture and the surrounding landscape.  Some of the works in this show influenced those photographs, for example, painter George Catlin’s Dakota landscapes and John Szarkowski’s photographs of Chicago architecture.

Strand began collecting through the Rourke Art Gallery in Moorhead, especially woodcuts by Fergus Falls artist Charles Beck and his mentor, Cyrus Running, and many student and professional artists that Strand met while he served as president of the Rourke Art Museum from 1986-96.  Native American portraits by printmaker Leonard Baskin and Fort Yates photographer Frank Fisk; birds by John J. Audubon and Rex Brasher; celebrity portraits by Alfred Eisenstaedt, Richard Avedon and Phillipe Halsman; political cartoons by Thomas Nast and David Levine, and trains of all descriptions form much of the content of this exhibition. Strand retired from teaching at Minnesota State Moorhead in 2014.  He used many of these works while teaching photography, graphic design and the history of American media.

When asked about the show’s title, “From Catlin to Rando,” Strand commented, “That came after several lunches at Sabir’s with my Jamestown friend Bruce Berg. The landscape murals in the bar are similar to George Catlin’s 1840s look at buffalo country, and those colorful, expressionist paintings of buffalo by Fargo artist Rando near the fireplace make for an enjoyable lesson in art history.”  About collecting, Strand had this to say, “You don’t need a lot of money or a lot of room in your house, just learn to trust your eye—and your nose. If I had deeper pockets, I might possess art closer to the hands of the masters, but I appreciate what I have and sharing it with this community.

 

Pictured: Painted Canyon by Gordon Mortenson, reduction woodcut, ca. 1980