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“Projections and Predictions” John Buck, wood and acrylic, 71 x 71 x 3.5 inches, 2008

     (PNAN-MT) – Some of the works by master carver John Buck are comprised of woodblock prints, rubbings, sculpture, and three-dimensional wood panels, but there is much more; a genuine calling that engages the eye in an examination of the symbols, images, motifs, icons that are emotional with a personal intensity of both the natural and social worlds. His exhibit, “John Buck: Iconography + Kinetic Sculpture” is on view at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings through January 9, 2011, also goes under scrutiny by Eleanor Heartney on Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 pm.

     Heartney will discuss the work of John Buck on display of over 50 artworks, including a few pieces from his little-known series of glass jars, as well as several raw printing blocks and prints in different states that explains his educational printing process. In addition, several of Buck’s large-scale kinetic sculptures have been installed, which this show also becomes the first large-scale museum survey of the artist’s work since 1993.

     Aside from Buck, Heartney’s “The Artist as Storyteller: Four Artist Re-imagine American History, Mythology, and Politics” lecture incorporates William Wiley, Terry Allen, and Duke Riley. The talk is free for YAM members and included with admission for non-members.

     For information on this lecture, call Linda Shelhamer at 406.259.9160, or email Also for upcoming classes, lectures, registration, or materials, call the Museum at 406.256.6804 or see

 About –  Eleanor Heartney is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress, and is author of many books and articles on contemporary art, including “Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads” (1997), “Postmodernism” (2001), “Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art” (2004), and “Art and Today.” She is co-author of “After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art” (2007). Heartney received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992 and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2008.

 About – Born in Ames, Iowa, John Buck studied with Roy De Forest, William T. Wiley, Robert Arneson, and Manual Neri at the University of California, Davis, and out of these fertile roots developed an authentic, resonant, lyrical voice – a voice unmistakably his own. He currently divides his time between a ranch in Bozeman, Montana and studios on the island of Hawaii, together with his wife, artist Deborah Butterfield. More

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