American Western Art at the DAM
630 // December 08, 2009
The pieces above are a series done by Tony Foster, watercolors that he painted while rafting down the Colorado river. What I really loved about these are not only the paintings themselves, but in which they were framed. Underneath the main watercolor, there is another box that had a tiny snippet of the part of the river he was on at the time, along with a significant artifact to that spot such as part of a bone or tin can.
Another painting that struck me was Keith Jacobshagen – “By June the Light Begins to Breathe”. Vast. Bright. Landscape in a different perspective. To quote the artist of the painting, about the painting: “Face it, landscape painting is a cliche. It’s a long history of cliches. The best landscape painters, the ones who have lasted, are the ones who have done something interesting with the cliches.”
Lastly, there was this photograph that stopped me in my tracks. David Levinthal’s “Untitled (Rider on Horseback with Rifle)” Polaroid Polacolor print might have been the most intriguing photograph that I have ever seen in person. It was huge. Awe-inspiring.
Again, I will have one more post on this section, but in a different time period: the Historic Western American Art.
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