True West

Work like hell, get drunk, beat hell out of them that's got it coming: The cowboy art of David Rathman

David Rathman

As darkly humorous as such work is, though, Rathman is more than a clever ironist. His mini-narratives reveal a filmmaker's gift for brisk visual storytelling, as well as an honest, even nostalgic regard for the debased legends of the American West. In fact, the most resonant piece in the Walker exhibit might also be the least ironic--an image of a lone cowboy riding through a disintegrating Western town. Hanging in the sky above him is the lament of a true romantic: "...Wishin' all these old things were new."

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