Western Art News
A traveling Howard Post exhibition starts its final run July 13 at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.
In October 2017, a solo Howard Post exhibition opened at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and then traveled to the Tucson Museum of Art, in the artist’s hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Now on its last leg of a three-museum tour, The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post will open July 13 at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Post, who lives in rural country southeast of Phoenix, is widely known and collected in Western circles. His work is both traditional in subject matter but also contemporary in his use of color and composition. His work includes vivid landscapes, abstracted views of farm equipment and fencing, and also cowboys, particularly working cowboys as they pause briefly amid a day’s work.
“I’ve done some action pieces, and I’ve enjoyed them, but I like the approach [Edgar] Degas had. He painted ballerinas and dancers but rarely when they were actually dancing. He would often paint them right before or right after dancing. To me that always told a more interesting story,” Post said at the opening of the first show. “I’m not trying be a champion of the West. I’m definitely not making any kind of statement about the disappearing of the West. I love the West and love living it, but I don’t feel like I need to do that with my work. I’m just trying to react to places and things I see, subjects that I enjoy. I want to portray them in a setting and in a way that I like, and to bring my own personality into each piece.” The exhibition continues through November 25. For more information, visit www.westernmuseum.org.
Howard Post, The Bull Pen, 1978, oil on canvas, 42 x 60". Collection of the Tucson Museum of Art. Gift of Lynn Taber, 2000.58.1.
Howard Post, Waiting Their Turn, 1992, oil on canvas, 48 x 60”. Courtesy Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.
Howard Post, Waiting to Work, 1990, oil on canvas, 24 x 36”. Courtesy Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ.