Editor’s Letter | O’Keeffe & More

Exhibitions you don’t want to miss

By Kristin Hoerth

Towering Aspen, Rio Hondo Canyon, New Mexico by E. Martin Hennings, part of a major gift to the Eiteljorg Museum.

Towering Aspen, Rio Hondo Canyon, New Mexico by E. Martin Hennings, part of a major gift to the Eiteljorg Museum.

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The month of September is a busy one in the western art world, with several prestigious auctions and invitational shows taking place. You can read all about them in our show preview section beginning on page 28—but there are also several blockbuster exhibitions happening in the museum world that you won’t want to miss.

First, a major exhibit spotlighting Georgia O’Keeffe is nearing the end of its run at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico includes more than 40 paintings by the Southwest’s best-known female artist and some two dozen of her contemporaries. O’Keeffe’s famous flowers are included, as are still lifes featuring sun-bleached bones, Hopi kachinas, Pueblo pots, and more. But hurry—the show closes on September 13.

At the same time, another O’Keeffe exhibition opens in Santa Fe. Georgia O’Keeffe in Process at the New Mexico Museum of Art tells the story of the artist’s working technique, displaying preliminary sketches and photographs alongside finished works. The show runs from September through January. It’s part of “The Fall of Modernism,” a collaborative effort with the nearby Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The latter offers From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection. It comprises more than 60 masterworks from the 1910s to the 1940s by the country’s most original abstract painters.

Meanwhile, another famous painter of the West, John Mix Stanley, is having a retrospective exhibition titled Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley. It closes on August 29 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and then opens on October 3 at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK. The show features 60 pieces by 
Stanley (1814-1872), who is best known for his por-traits of American Indians.

One final piece of museum news: The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN, recently announced a multimillion-dollar anonymous donation of historic western art and Native American artifacts, including significant paintings by Russell, Remington, Moran, Bierstadt, Sharp, Couse, and many others. A major exhibit featuring the collection is planned in fall 2016, but you can see select paintings in the museum’s western art galleries now.

And just before I go, a quick note about our brand-new logo, which debuts on this month’s cover. Our previous logo served us well for many years, but now we’ve created a more up-to-date look that puts the emphasis exactly where it belongs—on the “art.” We hope you like it!


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