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Happy Birthday to Abstract Expressionist, Helen Frankenthaler, born on December 12th in 1928. Frankenthaler is known for her color field and staining techniques, which is used on her painting that is on view at AMWA. Come enjoy this masterpiece in person tomorrow. Image credit: Helen Frankenthaler, “Phoenix, 1976,” 1976
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Happy International Mountain Day! Enjoy the scenery in AMWA’s galleries on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week.
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Happy Birthday to Stuart Davis, born in Pennsylvania on December 7, 1897. Both Davis’ parents were artists, and he was influenced at an early age by members of the Ashcan School, who dismissed academic styles and techniques for a more observational approach to their art. This early influence with new art techniques helped Davis to develop his own more modern and abstract style, and he was the youngest artist to be featured in the Armory Show of 1913 that helped introduce modernism to America. Image credit: Stuart Davis, New Mexico Landscape, 1923
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Leon Kroll was born in New York City on December 6, 1884. He studied art first in New York and then in Paris, France, where he encountered the work of Cezanne. Despite the influence of Cezanne, Kroll kept to a more realistic style than other artists of the time that leaned more toward European modernism and abstraction. Image credit: Leon Kroll, "Santa Fe Hills," 1917
Cowboy and rodeo star Bill Pickett was born on December 5, 1871 to black and Native American parents. He worked at the 101 Ranch Wild West Show in Texas, one of many Wild West rodeos that turned rodeos from small skill competitions between neighboring ranches into touring shows with entertaining events that captured the attention and imaginations of many American. Bill Pickett is known for creating one of these entertaining rodeo events, bulldogging, better known as steer wrestling. Image credit: Frederic Remington, Turn Him Loose, Bill!, c. 1893
Albert Bierstadt, namesake of one of Colorado’s 14-ers is the subject of this Artful Insight. The Hudson River School artist traveled throughout Colorado and the West eventually becoming known for his sublime western landscapes, six of which are on display at the museum. Bierstadt had a deep connection to the western landscape which is evident in how he refers to the West, “man is so fortunate to dwell in this American Garden of Eden.”
Louis Frederic Grell was born November 30, 1887 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. From a young age, Grell showed artistic talent, and at the age of 12 went to live with his grandmother in Hamburg, Germany and study art at European institutions. He returned to the US in 1915 and after a short time designing stage sets for Broadway took a teaching position at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. Grell was known for his figure compositions in both murals and portraits. Image credit: Louis Frederick Grell, "Indian by Fire Light," c. 1920-1940
Join us this Wednesday while we discuss the con men of the wild west!
Did you know that Henry H. Cross first traveled west as a sign and wagon painter for a circus? Let us wish this adventurous man a very happy birthday, as he was born today in 1837. Image credit: Hernry H. Cross, "Days of the Buffalo," 1858
Happy birthday to William Keith, born November 21, 1838. Keith lived and worked as a painter and engraver in California, and became known for his California and other western landscapes. He often studied the landscape he wanted to paint for days at a time, attempting to capture every detail. Come to the museum on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to see Keith’s detailed landscape of Mt. Hood. Image credit: William Keith, "Mount Hood from Hood River," 1881
Herman Herzog born November 16, 1831 in Bremen, part of present-day Germany. He immigrated to the US in the late 1860s, after enjoying artistic success and noble patronage in Europe. This prolific painter traveled around the US, and focused not on capturing specific places, but the changing effects of light and atmosphere and varying terrain. Image credit: Herman Herzog, "The Old Water Mill," 1871
Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the great American Modernist painters, was born today in 1887. Let us celebrate this amazing woman and artist through examining her brilliance of simplifying landscape to form abstract compositions. Therefore providing simpler, emotional, and observational look at the West compared to some of the realists that came before her. Image credit: Georgia O'Keeffe, "Another Church, Hernandez, New Mexico," 1931
Happy birthday to John Steuart Curry, born November 14, 1897 in Kansas. Curry was known as an American Scene Painter or Regionalist, painters looking for an art style and subject matter that were distinctly American. In 1934 he was commissioned by “Fortune Magazine” to travel across the US and make sketches of the tourists and places they visited. Come by the museum to see one of the paintings inspired by that trip. Image credit: John Steuart Curry, " Tourist Cabins," c. 1934
November 11th in 1933 Powerful winds desiccated farmland in South Dakota. The Dust Bowl of the 1930s is considered one of the worst environmental disasters in American history due to its impact on the nation’s agriculture. But because of this disaster farmers throughout the west were educated in soil conservation techniques that are still standard practice today. Image credit: Thomas Hart Benton, “Wheat Threshing on the High Plains,” 1969.