Western Art News

A trav­el­ing Howard Post ex­hi­bi­tion starts its fi­nal run July 13 at the Desert Ca­balleros Western Mu­seum.

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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.

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