A Glance to the Past by Dan Garrett
Richard J. Schwartz has been elected chair of the National Museum of American Art Commission, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, effective January 1, 1997. The commission was established in 1921 as an advisory board for the museum.
The California Art Club has sent out a call for artists to help save historic homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena and Los Angeles, CA. Artists are being asked to set up their easels and paint April 7-19 in neighborhoods that lie in the path of a proposed eight-lane freeway, thereby raising awareness of the need to save homes and trees in some of the oldest areas of Southern California. Call 818.583.9009 or 818.441.7785 for more information.
Robert Berdahl, president of the University of Texas at Austin, in February announced three major donations totaling $27 million for the construction of a new art museum on the university’s campus. The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art will allow the university’s collections of 20th-century American art, contemporary Latin American art and prints and drawings to be exhibited under one roof for the first time.
Riders in Canyon de Chelley by Edgar Payne
Cookie, a 9-foot-tall bronze by Eric Kaposta, was dedicated in February at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, TX. The sculpture, which pays tribute to camp cooks, is sited outside the HLS&R offices at the Astrohall.
The Mountain Oyster Club Art Show in Tucson, AZ, which ran through January, sold 173 artworks for a total of $191,771. Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt won the Olaf Wieghorst Memorial Award for best of show.
The Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art, Boulder, CO, has acquired two new bronze sculptures: Diamonds & Denim, a cowgirl by California artist and Cowboy Artists of America member Mehl Lawson, and A Glance to the Past by Dan Garrett of Cheyenne, WY.
American & California Paintings and Sculpture, Butterfield & Butterfield
Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA, Dec. 1996
Overall sales: $2,120,980
Frederic Remington, Bringing in a Deserter (The Deserter Caught), oil, 18 x 28, $112,500
Charles Christian Nahl, Joaquin Murieta: The Vaquero, oil, 18 x 24, $101,500
Leon Gaspard, Flight From Vitebsk, oil, 21 x 21, $85,000
Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, The Old Oaken Bucket, oil, 24 x 32, $68,500
Edgar Payne, Riders in Canyon de Chelley, oil, 28 x 34, $43,125
Grace Carpenter Hudson, Garland Mitchell, oil, 20 x 16, $34,500
Albert Herter, Resting Red-Haired Beauty, oil, 30 x 40, $28,750
George Kennedy Brandiff, Studio, Laguna Beach, oil, 24 x 28, $26,450
Henry Percy Gray, Monterey Sand Dunes, watercolor, 16 x 21, $25,875
Maynard Dixon, Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, Dec. 1939, oil, 10 x 14, $21,850
Native American, Pre-Columbian, African, Oceanic & Other Tribal Works of Art, Butterfield & Butterfield San Francisco, CA, Dec. 1996
Overall sales: $514,023
Scees Bryant, Washo “Degikup” Basket, h83/4, $79,500
Acoma Polychrome Parrot Jar, h10, $10,925
Commanche Man’s Shirt, $12,650
Navajo Transitional Chief’s Blanket, 58 x 79, $6,900
Featured in April 1997