Western Art News

Two land­scape ex­hi­bi­tions drawn from the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion are now on view at the Phoenix Art Mu­seum.

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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.

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