Tradition and Revolution in American Western Art is an exhibition of thirty three paintings and two wood carvings which opens at D. Wigmore Fine Art - 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street (6th floor) - on May 2nd. It will remain on view through July 13.
The Western states depicted by works in the exhibition are: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington. The time line of the art in our exhibition is 1895 to 1945. The Traditionalists in the exhibition are artists whose work remains representational in styles evolving from Impressionism through Post-Impressionism to Cubist Realism and the American Scene. The Traditionalists are: John Twachtman, John Sloan, Allen Tucker, Agnes Pelton, Oscar Berninghaus, Peter Hurd, Dale Nichols, John Steuart Curry, Paul Sample, William Gropper, George Biddle, Doris Lee, and Luigi Lucioni. Western illustrations are also a part of the Traditionalist story, represented by Frederic Remington in our exhibition. The Revolutionists are artist pioneers of non-objective Western art working in the 1930s and 1940s. They are Emil Bisttram, Raymond Jonson, Ed Garman, Charles Green Shaw, and Werner Drewes.
The aim of our exhibition is to demonstrate that Western art was not excluded from main stream stylistic developments. In different styles the paintings in our exhibition personify the interaction of artists with nature and the Western landscape. They record the state of the West after the invention of barbed wire and the end of the open range, the arrival of new kinds of domestic cattle, and the buildup of new railroad lines. They picture the West after these things changed the lives of the ranchers and the indigenous people. The works in this exhibition demonstrate the evolution in Western art that keeps it relevant.