Wild Se­lec­tions

The Na­tional Mu­seum of Wildlife Art is now pre­sent­ing ma­jor works from pa­trons’ pri­vate col­lec­tions.

Western Art Collector - - MUSEUM PREVIEW -

Now on view at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wy­oming, is Jackson Col­lects: Wild Se­lec­tions from Pri­vate Col­lec­tions, a new ex­hi­bi­tion that presents works from some of the mu­seum’s most de­voted pa­trons.

The ex­hi­bi­tion brings in art­works from all around Jackson Hole and be­yond, and be­cause these are pieces from pri­vate col­lec­tions, they are often rarely seen by the pub­lic, which gives the ex­hi­bi­tion a “blink and you’ll miss it” qual­ity. More than 20 works will be on view, both from pri­vate col­lec­tions and promised fu­ture gifts to the pop­u­lar Wy­oming mu­seum. One of the promised gifts is Robert Bate­man’s 2003 work Harris Hawks and Old Saguaro, which shows a beau­ti­fully de­tailed saguaro cac­tus that is the perch for three brazen hawks that cling to its spiny limbs.

Other works in the show in­clude Wil­helm Kuh­n­ert’s Tiger am Dschun­gel­bach, Thomas Hewes Hinck­ley’s 1872 oil White Tailed Stag, and Al­bert Bier­stadt’s 1860s Pronghorne­d An­te­lope, which shows three an­i­mal sub­jects in golden light and a breath­tak­ing land­scape. “This paint­ing by Al­bert Bier­stadt of pronghorn an­te­lope is thought to be set in Wy­oming’s Wind River Moun­tains, but it is some­times dif­fi­cult to dis­cern ex­actly where Bier­stadt set his paint­ings,” says Adam Harris, Petersen Cu­ra­tor of Art & Re­search at the mu­seum. “It might also be set in front of the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake City.

Al­bert Bier­stadt (1830-1902), Prong-horned An­te­lope, ca. 1865, oil on can­vas, 13½ x 19¼”. Gift of the Stone­hol­low Col­lec­tion, Na­tional Mu­seum of Wildlife Art.

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