Exhibitions | Exhibitions To the South

Billy Schenck: Myth of the West at SUMA

Cedar City
Jan. 19, 2022 – Mar. 19, 2022

Southern Utah Museum of Art

351 W University Blvd.
Cedar City Utah, 84720


Billy Schenck was one of a handful of artists in the 1970s inspired by Warhol to apply pop art ideology and techniques to images of the American West. A founder of the Western pop movement, Schenck combined influences from his many artist-heroes in the pop movement—including Roy Lichtenstein—in his exploration of every aspect of the West’s potent iconography. In his early work, Schenck found inspiration and image sources in Western paintings and movie stills, but being a genuine cowboy himself, he increasingly turned to his personal photographs for material. With his signature reductivist style, Schenck transformed traditional Western images from a realist’s replica of detail into flat, sharply defined, simplified areas of color and stylized patterns. This retrospective of the artist’s work showcases 26 pieces in his distinctive style.

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