Western Art News
Two landscape exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection are now on view at the Phoenix Art Museum.
In 2016 the Phoenix Art Museum began a series of upgrades to the fire suppression system in the art storage vaults. Because the cost of storing fine art—a whole lot of it—was so high the museum elected to store the entire collection in the American galleries temporarily while construction was completed.
Work is now done and the American galleries were re-opened September 15 with five brand new thematic installations, two of which are landscape themed: Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona and Sublime Landscapes. Both are now on view at the Phoenix museum, which will also be presenting the entire collection of Western work purchased by the Western Art Associates.
Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes will focus on works by the Arizona-based artist, who first came to Phoenix in 1936 and later lived in Scottsdale until his death in 2000. Curtis images include works of the mining town Jerome, saguaro cactus and The Last Campaign, showing a politician stumping from the back of a train at an empty train station. Other artists represented in the exhibition include Maxfield Parrish, Harry B. Wagoner, Audley Dean Nichols and Arthur Haddock. Phoenix-based modernist painter Ed Mell will have his work Sweeping Clouds on display.
In Sublime Landscapes, the museum will present more historic landscapes from around the country, including major pieces by John Mix Stanley, Albert Bierstadt, Hamilton Hamilton, Thomas Hill, Maynard Dixon, Thomas Moran and many others.
The exhibitions are now ongoing.
Ed Mell, Sweeping Clouds, 1989, oil on canvas, 521/8 x 523/16". Museum purchase with funds from anonymous donors.
Thomas Moran (1837-1926), Zoroaster Temple at Sunset, 1916, oil on canvas, 25¼ x 195/8". Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kieckhefer.
John Mix Stanley (1814-1872), Chain of Spires Along the Gila River, 1855, oil on canvas, 30¾ x 423/8". Museum purchase.