Len Chmiel: an authentic nature

Len Chmiel an authentic nature

Hardcover, 200 pages, 150 color plates

Published December 2011 

Written by Amy Scott, Ph.D., Chief Curator, Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts, Autry National Center of the American West

$80, to purchase signed copy, go to LenChmiel.com

Len Chmiel: An Authentic Nature is written by Amy Scott, Ph.D., with an introduction by Jean Stern. Featuring lush reproductions of the landscapes of American artist Len Chmiel, this book depicts four decades of the artist’s melodic, evocative, and often abstracted depictions of the land. Amy Scott contributes a fine essay discussing Chmiel’s formative years as an illustrator in LA through his subsequent move to Colorado where he turned from illustration and dove into fine art exclusively.

Amy Scott, Autry Museum Chief Curator has organized exhibits and contributed to such publications as Yosemite: Art of an American Icon. Prior to joining the Autry, she was a curator at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, where she served as the liaison for a catalogue raisonné on the work of Ernest Blumenschein and a comprehensive study on the Taos Society of Artists. Publications authored include Nicolai Fechin: Across Two ContinentsThe Taos Society of Artists: Masters and Masterworks, and The New Mexico Painters(co-author). She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Kansas, and M.A in Art History from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She is currently working on her doctorate at the University of California-Irvine.

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