May 2017 Release

The Best of Proctor’s West: An in-depth study of eleven of Proctor’s bronzes

The Best of Proctor's West

Edited By Peter H. Hassrick
With Contributions by Karen B. McWhorter and Allison Rosenthal
Foreword by Bruce B. Eldredge
Released by Buffalo Bill Center of the West in collaboration with WordsWorth Publishing.

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, is home to the most extensive collection of material related to sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860–1950). The museum’s unrivaled holdings include the artist’s papers and those of his family members, personal effects and studio paraphernalia, and original works of art. e vast archival collections are made available for research through the Center’s McCracken Research Library,and a wide selection of Proctor’s bronze, marble, and plaster sculptures, and paintings, drawings, and prints are presented within the Whitney Western Art Museum.

These rich resources informed and inspired the Alexander Phimister Proctor Project, an in-depth study of eleven of the artist’s most celebrated bronzes.

The Best of Proctor’s West: An In-depth Study of Eleven of Proctor’s Bronzes contains interpretive essays on each of the selected bronzes by Peter H. Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar. Allison Rosenthal, Advanced Conservation Research Fellow, discusses recent scientific examinations of Proctor’s bronzes using x-ray  florescence (XRF) spectrometry. Karen B. McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art for the Whitney Western Art Museum, adds an introduction about the Proctor Studio Collection at the Center of the West and offers a brief biography of the artist

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What is it like to produce a book  with 110 high quality images, each spot varnished, with detailed captions, extensive footnotes, and an index? It takes a lot of concentration and good file management. It also takes the competent hand of a project manager like Sylvia Huber, assistant to Peter H. Hassrick. She collected the images from museums and private collectors around the world, confirmed their captions, and proofed the manuscript as well as my layout. I put the pieces together, but it takes a collaboration between designer and project manager to make a project like this successful. – Renée