Influential photographer Robert Frank dies at 94

Robert Frank, whose gritty photography along the roadways, streets and landscapes of America influenced generations of photographers, died at age 94 this week, according to several media outlets. Frank remained best-known for his 1958 book, "The Americans," that contained one image along Route 66 in Arizona. Frank made a big impact on other photographers who … Continue reading Influential photographer Robert Frank dies at 94

Amarillo Route 66 art prominently featured in Plainview gallery

Route 66 artwork from Amarillo figures prominently in an art show in the unlikely locale of Plainview, Texas (pop. 20,700). The "Yellow City Art" show at Contemporary Art Museum Plainview, which runs through February, features the work of photographer Ed Ruscha (known for his 1963 "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" photo book) and the late Stanley Marsh … Continue reading Amarillo Route 66 art prominently featured in Plainview gallery

Ed Ruscha to be named Oklahoma Cultural Treasure

Ed Ruscha, a trailblazer of the Pop Art movement whose photography of gas stations along Route 66 helped jump-start his career, will be named the 12th Oklahoma Cultural Treasure during the Governor's Arts Awards on Dec. 2. Ruscha is the first such Oklahoma Cultural Treasure honoree since historian John Hope Franklin in 2004, reported The Oklahoman … Continue reading Ed Ruscha to be named Oklahoma Cultural Treasure

Traveling Route 66 exhibit planned for Europe

Three men are planning an unprecedented traveling Route 66 exhibit that will be taken around Europe -- which is a hotbed of enthusiasm for the Mother Road. The men planning the exhibit are Jim Farber, who helped shepherd the current "Route 66: The Road and the Romance" exhibit at the Autry National Museum at Los … Continue reading Traveling Route 66 exhibit planned for Europe

“Twentysix Gasoline Stations” art book marks 50th anniversary

Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha self-published his art photography book, "Twentysix Gasoline Stations," 50 years ago this year. Few would have predicted the book, which portrays 26 gas stations on Route 66 from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, would have proved so influential to other artists. NPR posted this report on the book: Exceprts from … Continue reading “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” art book marks 50th anniversary