Landscapes of Extraction

The Art of Mining in the American West


This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2022.

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Landscapes of Extraction explores the art of mining, the transformative industry of the American West, competing in sublimity and striking color with the natural scenic landscape on its own terms. These landscapes of enterprise altered the natural environment on a spectacular scale, with open pit mines, coal tipples, and oil rigs.

How artists portrayed the mining industry in the American West is explored in the book with four scholarly essays. Artworks were inspired by the multiple landscapes created by large-scale mining, specifically the mines themselves, the towns that grew up around them, and the miners and their families who lived and worked there. The industry shaped communities and landscapes throughout the West: Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah. Landscapes of Extraction explores a powerful regional narrative that is a fundamental element of national identity played out on a vast geographical scale.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 23.5 x 27.5 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 28 June 2022
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by B. Fahlman, B. L. Jones, J. R. Swensen, and W. L. Fox
Dimensions 23.5 x 27.5 cm
Weight 300 g


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Betsy Fahlman, Ph.D., is Adjunct Curator of American Art at Phoenix Art Museum and Professor of Art History at Arizona State University. A specialist of American Art, she is an authority on the relationship between American Art and industrial themes. Her publications include articles and books on the artists Charles Demuth, John Ferguson Weir, and Joseph Pennell.