MIlestones April 1997

A Glance to the Past by Dan Garrett. sculpture, southwest art.
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
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.

Show Results

American & California Paintings and Sculpture, Butterfield & Butterfield

Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA, Dec. 1996

Overall sales: $2,120,980

Top lots:

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

Top lots:

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

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