Art May, 6 2010

Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art

Cowboy boots don’t get a whole lot of love around these parts. Despite all our harping on heritage and craft, none of us (frankly) have the balls to wear what are, honestly, a pretty artful form of footwear. Yet, even with our inclinations to avoid them stylistically, we can’t help but avoid the appeal of the Cowboy.

On May 15, 2010, the New Mexico Museum of Art opens Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art. Viewing the boot as an important symbol of western life, the exhibition brings over 150 examples of contemporary and historic boot related material (painting, print, ephemera, etc.) to view. Works by Fredric Remington are included. So to are fancy footwear by the likes of James Drake – shown above.

Up through October 17, 2010.

More examples of Cowboy Boots and Art after the jump.

The Lonely Vigil, W. Herbert Dunton

A Bucking Bronco, Frederic Remington

Oak Leaves, Lisa Sorrell