Foreword by Jeff Kelley. Nevada's open spaces have long inspired complex responses from a population largely shaped by European sensibilities toward land and its uses. In Mapping the Empty Fox considers how eight of the state's most distinguished and innovative contemporary artists have responded to the harsh, enigmatic landscapes of the Great Basin and how, through their work, they have expressed and helped to define our attitudes toward the space we call the West. The artists are Jim McCormick, Rita Deanin Abbey, Dennis Parks, Walter McNamara, Robert Beckmann, Michael Heizer, Bill Barker, and Mary Ann Bonjorni.
"Just imagine if any of the unreadable high-theory academics from your college art history classes had been storytellers, and you have, say, Mapping the Empty."
—Jenny Price, Bomb Magazine
“Mapping the Empty is as perceptive in its analysis of each distinguished artist as it is in painting the big picture for us: that there’s more to understand and appreciate in this mostly empty space than first meets the eye.”
—Phil Hagen, Las Vegas Life
“An eye-opening introduction to just how much important art is being made in Nevada.”
—Geoff Schumacher, Las Vegas CityLife
“Fox is particularly insightful in the ways that contemporary artists have managed to deal with the landscape without falling into the picturesque. He is not interested in cowboy art or the kind of old-fashioned representation which has degenerated into mall art pictures of mountains and deserts. Rather, he deals with innovative artists who have found new terms for envisioning the land. These are postmodern artists for whom representation is problematic rather than taken for granted. Piet Mondrian is more relevant to their work than Frederic Remington or Charles Russell.”
—Bert Almon, Western American Literature