Must-See Museum Shows | Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art

Booth Western Art Museum, Through March 26

Howard Terpning, Touchdown, acrylic, 14 x 18.

Howard Terpning, Touchdown, acrylic, 14 x 18.

This story was featured in the January 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  January 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

Howard Terpning may be one of the most highly acclaimed, yet underrated, western artists of today—and the Booth Western Art Museum is determined to remedy that. His first-ever retrospective exhibition, Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art, is on view in the museum’s Special Exhibition Gallery in Cartersville, GA. It’s high time Terpning’s full career is recognized in this way, after winning 42 awards from the Cowboy Artists of America, seven awards from the National Academy of Western Art, a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, and many more honors. The exhibition is organized into four major segments of his oeuvre—illustrations, movie posters, civilian combat art, and traditional western paintings—so that the viewer will quite literally walk through the life’s work of Terpning in nearly 80 total artworks.

Seth Hopkins, executive director of the Booth Museum, wanted to dive deep into Terpning’s history to introduce audiences to the early work that led up to his masterful western paintings. “I think he has a great gift as a storyteller, he’s a great technical painter, and he’s able to evoke emotion,” Hopkins says of the museum’s choice to feature Terpning’s version of the West in this retrospective. “To go from his romantic illustrations, to iconic movie posters like Gone With the Wind and The Sound of Music, to famous Native American paintings all in the same show is true evidence as to why he became one of today’s acknowledged masters among living western artists.”

This story was featured in the January 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  January 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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