Schenck in the 21st Century: The Myth of the Hero and the Truth of America

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Bill Schenck is “one of the best-known practitioners of the western pop-art movement―which appeared in the 1960s hard on the heels of American pop's leading lights like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein," according to Southwest Art magazine. "Schenck in the 21st Century" is a comprehensive catalog raisonne and biography covering Schenck's paintings, photographs, serigraphs, and the other kinds of trouble he's been in since the turn of the millennium. Written by noted art historian, Amy Abrams, this is the most authoritative source on Schenck's current work and philosophy of life, art, and the way it ought to be.

Schenck’s work can be found in numerous major collections throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, The Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Booth Western Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and many more. Schenck's work has been the subject of four museum retrospectives, including The West as It Never Was, at the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art. Schenck is a World Champion Ranch Sorting winner and the proprietor of the Double Standard Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home for the past two decades.

"The painter Bill Schenck has been challenging the western myth for four decades through his paintings, prints, and photography. His works possess a deep understanding of design and a sophisticated sense of color that has only heightened in recent years with his brazenly bold canvases."
―Thomas Brent Smith – Director, Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum

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Amy Abrams is an award-winning author, widely-read journalist, former publishing executive at national magazines (including Art & Antiques), literary journal editor, art critic and multimedia communications creator. With over 200 stories published, both fiction and non-fiction, she contributed to The Wall Street Journal, Art in America, and Village Voice Media. While most of her stories focus on art, she publishes articles about travel, spirituality, food, famous personalities, and music. Recently relocated from New York City to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she released two books in 2013: Schenck in the 21st Century: The Myth of the Hero and the Truth of America, winning the 2013 US Literary Award for Fine Arts, and a debut novel, The Cage and The Key―a spiritual sojourn. She has appeared on TV and radio programs including NPR and SiriusXM, as well as lectured about publishing, art and the media to university, museum, and writing conferences audiences across America. Previously, as Associate Publisher of Museum & Arts Washington magazine in Washington, DC, she increased advertising revenue by 35% in her first year. More recently, she turned to teaching, sharing her publishing and writing skills at The Writer’s Center and Writopia Lab, in Washington, DC and environs.

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“What has remained constant throughout Schenck’s career is his individuality in dealing with the subject matter of the west. Using the artistic formula of classic western film direction and the photographically reliant systems of contemporary art, he has bridged two genres that resonate with the American experience. Schenck melds the real with the imagined, autobiography with fantasy.” ―Julie Sasse, Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art

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