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Richard Buswell: What They Left Behind

On Exhibit: April 19 - June 22, 2019 

Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, April 18, 5:00 - 7:00 PM


 As all great photographers do, Richard Buswell disrupts our normal vision. His photographs of commonplace objects, presented in isolation absent their typical surroundings, interfere with our comprehension, forcing us to look again rather than rely on our unconscious minds to process what we see. His stark, apparently simple images help us penetrate the superficial appearance of objects from Montana’s past to contemplate the multiple, complex meanings that their histories and presence convey. And, perhaps, stir us to consider the things we will leave behind.  


Richard Buswell, Tire No. 2, photograph


Buswell has exhibited internationally and his work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Corcoran Gallery of Art; the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film; Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; Library of Congress; Detroit Institute of Arts; Yale University Art Gallery;  High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Denver Art Museum; Seattle Art Museum and Montana Museum of Art & Culture.


     "This exhibition presents a new body of work by fourth-generation Montana photographer Richard Buswell. Buswell has been photographing Montana settlement sites, ghost towns and frontier homesteads for over forty years, and the present collection of photogrpahs displays his evolving relationship with his subject. Crisp, intentional, and profoundly beautiful found objects are here for us to discover. Although we may not understand what we are looking at, we can enjoy the eloquent abstract vocabulary of Richard Buswell. His art is worthy of opening ourselves to fully experience What They Left Behind." 

                                                                                                                                                                                                     - Victoria Rowe Berry, Director, Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater, Oklahoma 


Richard Buswell, Mining Bits, photograph 

Richard Buswell: What They Left Behind was organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, University of Montana, Missoula,MT     

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