How the West Was Won

Laura Wilson at Red & White Gallery

Catherine D. Anspon  |  Photos by Laura Wilson’s Young Girl with Colt in Living Room, 2006, at Red & White Gallery
Posted:
January 17, 2014

Dallas-based artist Laura Wilson has forged an enviable career with her camera. She’s also been at the right place to intersect with one of the late, great masters of 20th-century photography. (Her time with Richard Avedon as his assistant is memorialized in her book Avedon at Work, one of her four published photo volumes). Now Wilson’s signature series gets its due: “West,” debuting this month in a jewel-box space appropriately located in the charming central Texas hamlet of Fayetteville. Red & White Gallery, sited on the historic town square, is owned and directed by renaissance design duo Joan and Jerry Herring; the couple, formerly of Houston, published a handsome survey of Jesus Moroles’ sculpture, one of the talents recently showcased at their gallery. Wilson is known for her series depicting both the debs of Laredo and high school football players of small-town America, as well as playing mom to famous sons Luke and Owen Wilson. Here she presents, for the first time, images spanning her Avedon years to the past decade. Crisp, timeless black-and-whites document Texas cowboys and the 19th-century attired members of Montana’s Hutterite community, alongside modern color portraits that possess an enigmatic fashion edge and a whisper of surrealism. “Laura Wilson’s West” at Red & White Gallery, opening Saturday, January 25 (5 to 8 pm); artist talk Sunday, February 23 (3 pm); exhibition through March 1; redandwhitegallery.com.


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