Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art"
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present the first major exhibition in the United States to explore the multifaceted meanings of hunting and fishing in both painting and sculpture from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. "Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art" will feature more than 60 paintings and sculptures that together demonstrate the aesthetic richness and cultural importance of hunting and fishing in America.
"Wild Spaces, Open Seasons" includes a wide variety of genre scenes, landscapes, portraits and still lifes, including iconic and rarely seen works by Thomas Cole, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Andrew Wyeth, as well as key pictures by specialists such as Charles Deas, Alfred Jacob Miller, William T. Ranney and Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait.
In addition, the show sheds new light on modernist interpretations of these subjects by George Bellows, Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley. The works illuminate evolving ideas about community, the environment, national identity, place and wildlife, offering compelling insights into socioeconomic issues and cultural concerns. Capturing a communion with nature that was becoming increasingly scarce over the decades, many artists alluded to the country’s burgeoning industrialization and urbanization at the turn of the century.