The West­ern Sub­lime: Ma­jes­tic Land­scapes of the Amer­i­can West

Tuc­son, AZ

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Build­ing upon a philo­soph­i­cal idea that first arose in the 1600s known as the “sub­lime,” The West­ern Sub­lime: Ma­jes­tic Land­scapes of the Amer­i­can West at the Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art ex­am­ines the ways in which artists in­ter­pret, rein­vent, chal­lenge and trans­form the ideal of the sub­lime land­scape in both the Old and New West. The ex­hi­bi­tion, on view from Oc­to­ber 29 through Fe­bru­ary 9, 2020, fea­tures a va­ri­ety of art from the mid-1800s to now—in­clud­ing paint­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture, prints, bas­ketry, tex­tiles and poetry. By jux­ta­pos­ing con­tem­po­rary and his­toric works, the sub­lime is pre­sented through a broader lens, con­se­quently open­ing the di­a­logue for new con­ver­sa­tions about a tra­di­tional idea.

“The de­ci­sion to put the his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary works to­gether was to re­ally present these dif­fer­ent con­ver­sa­tions that can be had through two pe­ri­ods of art that are de­pict­ing es­sen­tially the same things in dif­fer­ent ways,” ex­plains Chris­tine Brindza, the mu­seum’s Se­nior Cu­ra­tor and Glasser Cu­ra­tor of Art of the Amer­i­can West. “It’s these dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ized ideas of the sub­lime that re­ally make the ex­hi­bi­tion in­ter­est­ing be­cause it’s not just one def­i­ni­tion.”

Among the se­lec­tion of his­toric art in West­ern Sub­lime are sev­eral works by Al­bert Bierd­stadt (1830-1902) and Thomas Moran (1837-1926) that de­pict breath­tak­ing land­scapes that em­body the orig­i­nal, awe-in­spir­ing con­cept of the sub­lime.

Moran’s 1879 oil on can­vas The Mi­rage, for ex­am­ple, shows the sweep­ing, ro­man­tic scenery and vi­brant hues of the Green River Val­ley in Wy­oming.

Thomas Moran (1837-1926), The Mi­rage, 1879, oil on can­vas, 25⅛ x 62⅜”. Pur­chase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foun­da­tion, 1977. Stark Mu­seum of Art, Or­ange, Texas, 31.18.15. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Tom Dubrock.

Thomas Moran (1837-1926), Pass­ing Storm, Grand Canyon, oil on can­vas, 25 x 19½”. Desert Ca­balleros West­ern Mu­seum Col­lec­tion, Wick­en­burg, Ari­zona, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Aiken Fisher; photo © Ter­rence Moore.

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