Art: Charlie's Museum

Montana knew just how to honor a favorite painter of the Old West. Last year people throughout the state chipped in $75,000 for a museum to show the work of the late Charles Marion Russell, the cowboy who exchanged the lariat for the brush (TIME, Dec. 15). Last week the museum was dedicated in Great Falls, and if modest Charlie Russell could have seen it, he would have grumbled and told people they were making too much of a fuss.

The museum's name plate is a reproduction of Russell's neat signature. In the lobby of the modern brick building is a wall-sized...

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