Best known for its fertile oils and bountiful crops, the landscape of the great central valley is often celebrated for its utilitarian, rather than its aesthetic, value. Picturing California's Other Landscape - featuring a stunning selection of historic and contemporary paintings, photographs, tourist art, advertising images, and maps - allows us to view the landscape of the Central Valley through the eyes and sensibilities of more than sixty-five visual artists. Through text and images, this book examines the portrayal of the Central Valley over the last 150 years: as promised land, exploitable resource, paradise lost, a source of unexpected life and beauty. These provocative images challenge the popular perceptions of the Central Valley, suggesting new and expanded ways of viewing its landscape.
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