‘The Lone Ranger’: Provocative Paintings Deconstruct an American Icon

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Tonight, New York artist Dotty Attie will open an exhibition titled The Lone Ranger, a dark, subversive, and often comedic series of paintings inspired by the iconic masked hero. These works imagine a sordid world on the other side of the radio speakers, aligning The Lone Ranger with the more unfortunate moments of 20th-century history and calling attention to the show’s questionable racial and sexual politics. The result is a stark, violent critique of American media and iconography through a skilled look at one of the country’s most famous, controversial characters. Preview some pieces from The Lone Ranger, which will open tonight at P.P.O.W. Gallery and run until December 21, below.

“The Lone Ranger” 2012-13Oil on linen16 panels, 6×6 inches each2 panels, 3×4 inches eachCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Worst Case Scenario” 2012-13Oil on linen6 x 6 inchesCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Worst Case Scenario” 2012-13Oil on linen6 x 6 inchesCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Worst Case Scenario” 2012-13Oil on linen6 x 6 inchesCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Assistance Needed” 2012-13Oil on linen27 panels, 6×6 inches each2 panels, 3×4 inches eachCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Curious Places” 2012-13Oil on linen27 panels, 6×6 inches each2 panels 3×4 inches eachCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Worst Case Scenario” 2012-13Oil on linen6 x 6 inchesCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Worst Case Scenario” 2012-13Oil on linen6 x 6 inchesCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Enthusiastic Fans” 2011Oil on linen25 panels: 6×6 inches2 panels: 3×4 inchesCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York

“Masked Men” 2012-13Oil on linen17 panels, 6×6 inches each2 panels, 3×4 inches eachCourtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York