Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line V
September 16 – December 31 – Special Exhibition Gallery
This is the fifth installment in the Booth’s signature triennial exhibition series, featuring seldom seen great works of Western art from public and private Southern collections. Included are more than 90 paintings, sculpture, photographs and objects in a wide range of range of media and styles covering over 100 years of art history. Sweet Tea V will include excellent examples from a wide range of artists including early painters like George Catlin, Willam Ranney, Charles Deas, Charles Bird King and John Mix Stanley who established the foundations for Western art in the early to mid-1800s. Included works by Charlie Russell and Thomas Moran epitomize the next generation of artists to depict the West. The Taos and Santa Fe art colonies are also well represented, with paintings by E. I. Couse, Joseph Henry Sharp, William “Buck” Dunton, and Walter Ufer. The mid 1900s is a down period for Western art according to many sources, citing the growth of abstract expressionism and pop art, but paintings by Gerald Curtis Delano, Frank Tenney Johnson and Carl Rungius testify to the enduring love artists have for the West. Living master artists Jim Norton, Clyde Aspevig and many others will bring the Western story up to the present. Sweet Tea V also includes an emphasis on works by some of today’s top Native artists, including Kevin Red Star, T.C. Cannon, Dan Namingha, Tony Abeyta, and R.C. Gorman. Likewise, female artists have always been a prominent part of this exhibition series, and this iteration is no different with artists like Marjorie Reed, Carrie Ballantyne and Amy Ringholz in the mix. In addition to dazzling paintings, several other mediums will be on view, including sculpture by Cyrus Dallin and Fritz White, photographs by Imogen Cunningham and Paul Strand, and folk art by Ben Ortega and Mamie Deschillie. The Sweet Tea series is also known for a surprise or two in each installation – in Sweet Tea V be on the lookout for a massive work by one of the hottest New York contemporary artists, Bo Bartlett. Opening reception September 16.