Show Preview | Masters of the American West

Autry National Center, Los Angeles, CA
February 2-March 17

Jim Wilcox, Moki Canyon Reflections, oil, 40 x 30.

Jim Wilcox, Moki Canyon Reflections, oil, 40 x 30.

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The arrival of February means it’s time for one of the most important annual western shows in the country, the Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale held at the Autry National Center. This year the event celebrates its 16th anniversary and, as always, it features top western artists from across the country. The prestigious exhibition brings together nationally recognized artists such as Howard Terpning, George Carlson, Tucker Smith, Z.S. Liang, and Bill Anton. “The Masters is recognized as the premier western art exhibition and sale in the country,” says John Geraghty, Autry National Center trustee and special advisor to the show. “Our artists have provided an exceptional presentation of paintings and sculptures for this year’s event. In their capable hands, we can rest assured that the western art genre remains strong and will thrive for many generations to come.”

This year’s exhibition and sale offers works by 82 artists, including a new guest artist section featuring miniature paintings by John Budicin, Lynn Gertenbach, Annette Hammer, and Brittany Weistling, the daughter of regular show participants Morgan Weistling and JoAnn Peralta. “At only 16 years of age, Brittany Weistling is an amazing talent,” Geraghty says, commenting on the first time works by a trio of family members have been featured in the show.

Mian Situ, Chinese Family Laundry, 1880, oil, 36 x 54.

Mian Situ, Chinese Family Laundry, 1880, oil, 36 x 54.

The paintings and sculptures on view reflect a wide variety of subject matter and styles, ranging from evocative landscapes by Len Chmiel to highly detailed historical works by Mian Situ. The museum often invites new artists to join the Masters exhibition, and this year’s additions include Tom Browning, Donald Demers, Mick Doellinger, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Ned Mueller, Kenny McKenna, and Thomas Saubert.

There are a number of activities connected to the opening of the show on Saturday, February 2. At 10:30 a.m., Colorado artist Ralph Oberg presents a talk titled Climbing the Switchback Trail: A Life and Career in the Mountains. The talk is followed at noon by the annual Chuck Wagon Luncheon and awards presentation. At 2 p.m., figurative artist Morgan Weistling presents a talk titled Making Stuff Up. The cocktail reception and sale, open to sponsors and ticket holders, commences at 5:30 p.m. One of the highlights of this year’s sale is the silent auction of Terpning’s painting MYSTERY OF THE UNDERWATER PEOPLE. Tickets for all opening-day activities can be purchased via the museum’s website.

The Autry National Center is a history museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. The Center was formed in 2003 by the merger of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with the Women of the West Museum and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. The museum’s collection includes more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, with the American Indian collection recognized as one of the most significant in the country. The Autry’s exhibitions, educational programs, and publications are designed to explore the contemporary human condition through the lens of the historical western experience. —Bonnie Gangelhoff

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