Influential Historic Artists and Why They Matter

It is not hard to see the beauty in one of Frederick Remington’s idyllic Cowboy portrayals, or the power in a Thomas moran landscape. Alone, even a reproduction of these works can take nearly anyone’s breath away. But why do they matter? Why are artists like Alfred Jacob Miller, Thomas Moran, Frederick Remington, and many […]

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Edward Curtis: Simplifying the Relevance

Since the 1970’s Edward Curtis’ iconic images have surfaced from a whole variety of places:  libraries, family heirlooms, undocumented museum collections, pawn shops, discovered in the basements of old houses, etc.  And, since the 70’s, the artist’s work has consistently gone up in value to collectors. But why is Curtis so relevant?  What really makes […]

Rare Edward Curtis Masterprints in Silver

Valley Fine Art presents two of Edward S. Curtis’ most seminal photographs, Canon De Chelly and An Oasis in the Badlands, both traditional gelatin silver prints.  Both images were, in fact, included in Curtis’ magnum opus, The North American Indian:  Canon De Chelly is Plate 28, photographed in 1904 and An Oasis in the Badlands, […]

Walter Paepcke, Ansel Adams, and the Birth of Critical Dialogue in Aspen

Ansel Adams, the iconic American photographer, is famous for having said, “No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create, or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” Isn’t that notion what is in the real guts […]

Valley Fine Art Welcomes Christopher Burkett in Colorado & Beyond

Valley Fine Art has been privileged to feature work from historical artists such as Edward S. Curtis and from living masters such as Christopher Burkett. Edward Curtis lives on through those who admire and collect Curtis photographs, but art and history enthusiasts can only learn about him and his work from what has been documented. […]

Edward S. Curtis: In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Valley Fine Art in Aspen—a gallery specializing in the work of Edward S. Curtis—gives thanks this November, a time in which we also celebrate Native American Heritage Month. We appreciate and recognize artists who have dedicated their talent and their lives to visual storytelling, and few have created an ethnographic legacy like Edward Curtis with […]

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The Warhol Experience

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is seven floors of sensory stimulation. The museum is not a brick and mortar tombstone tribute to the life and times of Andy Warhol. It is the embodiment of Warhol life and art: a prolific pop of diversity. The galleries at the museum provide more than a spectator’s […]

Edward S. Curtis, Andy Warhol, and Teddy Roosevelt?

Edward S. Curtis and Andy Warhol are both artists with a connection to Theodore Roosevelt: Curtis for his friendship, and Warhol for his iconic “Old American West” imagery. Edward S. Curtis—his photographs of Native Americans, his portraits that honored Indian cultures— moved Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Roosevelt and Edward S. Curtis shared a passion and a […]

Woodrow Blagg Captures the West

Looking at a Woodrow Blagg graphite drawing is like being transported to another time and place. They remind one of a scene from a big screen Western. In fact, movies like Hud and High Noon, Blagg says in an Aspen Times 2010 article, inspired him. “These epic black-and-white Westerns were beautiful to watch, visually,” Blagg […]