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Taking Root in Rocky Soil by Bob Bahr - Perspectives No. 387

Taking Root in Rocky Soil

Perspectives No. 387

Lander's Peak, 1863, Albert Bierstadt
Lander's Peak          1863          Albert Bierstadt

   Bob Bahr's new book, Taking Root in Rocky Soil, documents the history of creative expression in the remote area of the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Humankind’s unrelenting need to make art is always a fascinating subject. Tracing the different forms that artistic expression has taken in this remote area of Wyoming gives us a history of art not unlike that seen all over the world, and yet, at the same time, unique to this secluded western mountain range.

   We are introduced to the oldest known art of the region, the mysterious rock petroglyphs, their images painstakingly chipped into stone, their meanings lost to history. Ancestors of the Shoshone, who today live on the Wind River Indian Reservation in the area, may have been the original artists, but there is no knowing. The book then leads us through the mixing of cultures and art as French trappers and other explorers discovered the Wind River Valley. Later, the grandiose paintings by Albert Bierstadt and others were created to show the extraordinary beauty of the area to the growing eastern United States population. The allure of the rugged landscape, the beauty of the native bighorn sheep and grizzly bears, the big sky and tempestuous weather remain inspirational to artists today.    

   Bahr’s perceptive writing helps us to understand the value of much of the Native American art of the region, beyond its pictorial beauty. “. . . most art in the Western/European World gains its value from the painting or object’s inherent beauty, and via the reputation of its maker. Outsiders have a difficult time not viewing Native American art through this familiar lens . . . many pieces of Native American art are valued by the tribes for their role in tribal life—not just their utility, but their power to command respect.”

Taking Root in Rocky Soil by Bob Bahr   Taking Root in Rocky Soil: 3,000 Years of Art in the Wind River Mountains shows us the diversity of art created in one unique area of America, creativity born of necessity and inspiration over 3,000 years. In it is artwork used to convey messages for survival and artwork created in witness to beauty.

   Bob Bahr has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He has written for daily newspapers, websites, magazines, and book publishers. He served as managing editor for American Artist magazine for four years, overseeing a family of four periodicals. He has written for PleinAir magazine for nearly 10 years, and is an avid painter. See our interview with Bahr here:  From Pen to Brush - An Interview with Bob Bahr.




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