Monday, May 17, 2010

Two new exhibits at BBHC in Cody

From a BBHC press release:

Barely catching her breath since last summer's grand re-opening of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Acting Curator Christine Brindza has added two new exhibits to the gallery.

"We know that some visitors miss having western artist Frederic Remington's pieces all in one place," Brindza explains. "We heard that message and created a unique exhibition of some of Remington's studies, a means by which nearly every artist experiments with light, detail, layout, characters, and the like. What's interesting is that some depict scenes in the Cody vicinity and will be familiar to those who know the area."

"Curator's Choice: The Art of Frederic Remington" features a selection of work from the last decade of Remington's career including some finished works and many studies that "reveal Remington's continuous artistic changes in style and technique," Brindza says. "Toward the end of his life, he experimented with painting nature's light in his work." The Remington exhibit is on display in the Center's mezzazine, the H. Peter and Jeannette Kriendler Gallery.

Brindza also orchestrated an exhibit titled "Brush, Palette, and Custer's Last Stand," featuring artists who depicted the Battle of Little Bighorn. "Variously called the Battle of Little Bighorn, the Battle of Greasy Grass, Custer's Last Stand, Custer's Last Fight, and several other names depending on cultural and historical perspective, the Battle of Little Bighorn remains shrouded in mystery," Brindza observes. "As early as two weeks after the battle, artists attempted to re-create the mysteries of the battle in newspaper illustrations and major-scale works on canvas.
"Some of these early artists served as historians, whether intentionally or not, revealing details of the battle in their work. Others merely created a work of art based on imagination.

Regardless, as the public saw these early images, their views of the battle were shaped by the artwork, and therefore, helped create myths and legends that resonate even today."

On display near the Frederic Remington Studio in the Whitney Gallery, the exhibit includes works by William de la Montagne Cary (1840-1922), John Mulvany (1844-1906), Cassilly Adams (1843-1921), Edgar S. Paxson (1852-1919), Allan Mardon (b. 1931), Earl Biss (1947-1998), and Fritz Scholder (1937-2005).

"The Historical Center has 14 sketches Paxson used for his mammoth painting Custer's Last Stand which he completed in 1899. We also have a photograph of Paxson working on this piece and a number of his painting tools like brushes, charcoal holders, and paint boxes," Brindza adds. "The Paxson and Mardon works are situated across from each other with computer kiosks for more study, and Earl Biss's General Custer in Blue and Green, 1996, is just around the corner."

Online visitors can zoom in on the Paxson painting at