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Whitney Western Art Museum

Makers: Roll-preissler, Audrey
Descriptions: mixed media on wood
Names: Sculpture
Subjects: Animal, Cowboy
Date:1984-1985
Dimensions:H: 88.75 in, L: 48.5 in, width: 48.5 in
Title:Western Man with Beer and Dog
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Henry Oliver, Jr.
Gloss:Western art, especially from the time of Charles M. Russell, has a strong tradition of including humor. Roll-preissler takes a contemporary tone in mocking the commercialization associated with the modern cowboy image. Using caricature in her painting style, she emphasizes the idea of superficiality with the cut-our sculpture (a two-dimensional figure lacks depth).
Inscription:A. roll-preissler, Front left: A. roll-preissler
Remarks:Acoustiguide. Provenance: Conversation with artist on materials. Plywood - 5/8 AB plywood, primed with latex primer, latex extender, spackle, latex paint, empty Marlboro box, corduroy - 60% polyester, 40% cotton. Wood collected North of Lander, Wyoming (not treated), jeans - 100% cotton, Skoal can, Base - plywood, Coors beer can, steel braces. Two cowboys who worked for her husband posed for it, but she used her husband's face for the figure
Labels:

Label No. 1
Audrey Roll-preissler (b. 1932) Western Man with Beer and Dog 1984-1985, mixed media Gift of Mrs. Henry Oliver, Jr. This life-like modernistic presentation is like a magazine ad jumping out of the page. -George, Buffalo Bill Center of the West docent 2.89


Label No. 2
Audrey Roll-preissler (b. 1932) Western Man with Beer and Dog 1984-1985, mixed media Gift of Mrs. Henry Oliver, Jr. I believe this piece has a somewhat comical side to what is usually depicted as the serious more stern side to the cowboy life. It shows a dog that a cowboy wouldn’t generally have. I also like the beer can and cigarettes. I think it gives the piece more character. -Greybull High School art class student 2.89


Label No. 3
Audrey Roll-preissler (b. 1932) Western Man with Beer and Dog 1984-1985, mixed media Gift of Mrs. Henry Oliver, Jr. Western art has a tradition of including humor. In this sculpture, Roll-preissler mocks the modern cowboy image used in advertising. To emphasize her point, the artist reduced the cowboy to a shallow, two-dimensional caricature. 2.89


Accession Number:2.89
Makers
Roll-preissler, Audrey
Descriptions
mixed media on wood
Names
Sculpture
Subjects
Animal, Cowboy
Date:
1984-1985
Dimensions:
H: 88.75 in, L: 48.5 in, width: 48.5 in
Title:
Western Man with Beer and Dog
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Henry Oliver, Jr.
Gloss:
Western art, especially from the time of Charles M. Russell, has a strong tradition of including humor. Roll-preissler takes a contemporary tone in mocking the commercialization associated with the modern cowboy image. Using caricature in her painting style, she emphasizes the idea of superficiality with the cut-our sculpture (a two-dimensional figure lacks depth).
Inscription:
A. roll-preissler, Front left: A. roll-preissler
Remarks:
Acoustiguide. Provenance: Conversation with artist on materials. Plywood - 5/8 AB plywood, primed with latex primer, latex extender, spackle, latex paint, empty Marlboro box, corduroy - 60% polyester, 40% cotton. Wood collected North of Lander, Wyoming (not treated), jeans - 100% cotton, Skoal can, Base - plywood, Coors beer can, steel braces. Two cowboys who worked for her husband posed for it, but she used her husband's face for the figure
Accession Number:
2.89

As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Whitney Western Art Museum.
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