Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty traces Rogers’s earliest influences and education, the shift in her practice following Hurricane Iwa, and her work since that time, which has grown increasingly complex and ambitious. Three essays examine the evolution of her work. Art historian, Paul Eli Ivey explores the work up until 1985; New York writer and critic, Carter Ratcliff, sees her work moving from turmoil to serenity; and museum director and curator, Marilyn A. Zeitlin considers her approaches to beauty and the tradition of ornament. Interviews in the artist’s own voice reveal the relationship between Rogers’s life experience and her art. The book not only documents the progress of an individual artist but also reflects the trajectory of women working in the arts in the latter part of the twentieth and the early part of the twenty-first centuries, and the challenge facing an artist working in the American West outside the world’s major art centers.

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