Stun­ning Trio

Three new ex­hi­bi­tions set to open at West­ern Spirit: Scotts­dale’s Mu­seum of the West

Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART NEWS -

Ari­zona’s West­ern Spirit: Scotts­dale’s Mu­seum of the West has been open for more than three years, but al­ready it’s bring­ing tremen­dous amounts of in­ter­est to West­ern art with a se­ries of long-term col­lec­tion loans and trav­el­ing ex­hi­bi­tions. Those two as­pects of the mu­seum will col­lide in a big way in early 2019 when three ma­jor, and very unique, ex­hi­bi­tions will be on view at the same time.

Two of the ex­hi­bi­tions are al­ready open: New Be­gin­nings: An Amer­i­can Story of Ro­man­tics and Modernists in the West, which draws from the Tia Col­lec­tion, opened in Oc­to­ber and con­tin­ues through Septem­ber 22, 2019; and Charles M. Rus­sell: The Women in his Life and Art, which trav­els from the C.M. Rus­sell in Mon­tana, opened Novem­ber 20 and con­tin­ues through April 14, 2019.

The third ex­hi­bi­tion is Paul Calle’s Life of Ex­plo­ration: From the Moun­tains to the Moon and was con­ceived by prom­i­nent Calle col­lec­tor Tim Peter­son, whose vast col­lec­tion of West­ern art has been a prom­i­nent fea­ture at the mu­seum since it opened in Jan­uary 2015. In fact, it was a Calle moun­tain man paint­ing that in­spired Peter­son’s in­ter­est in West­ern art. The ex­hi­bi­tion will not only fea­ture Calle’s West­ern paint­ings, in­clud­ing many moun­tain man scenes, but also his work for NASA, where he was an of­fi­cial artist for many of the land­mark mis­sions in the 1960s. Calle was the only artist present dur­ing pre-launch ac­tiv­i­ties of the Apollo 11 mis­sion to the moon, and many of his works are now iconic im­ages of the his­toric mis­sion. Paul Calle’s Life of Ex­plo­ration: From the Moun­tains to the Moon opens in Fe­bru­ary and runs through Oc­to­ber 2019.

Calle’s son, Chris, is also col­lab­o­rat­ing with the mu­seum on the ex­hi­bi­tion. Chris Calle re­cently por­trayed his late father in Damien Chezelle’s Apollo 11 film First Man, star­ring Ryan Gosling.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the mu­seum and its up­com­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, visit scotts­dale­mu­se­umwest.org.

Clock­wise from top left:Paul Calle (1928-2010), A Breath ofFriend­ship, oil on can­vas. Cour­tesy the Peter­son Fam­ily Col­lec­tion.

Fre­mont El­lis (1897-1985), ThePass­ing Storm, 1924, oil on can­vas, 51 x 69½”. The Tia Col­lec­tion, Santa Fe, New Mex­ico.

Charles M. Rus­sell (1864-1926), Beauty Par­lor, 1907. C.M. Rus­sell Mu­seum, Great Falls, Mon­tana. Gift of Josephine Trigg Es­tate.

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