Boise Art Museum
Beyond the Mountains: The Contemporary American Landscape
"Beyond the Mountains: The Contemporary American Landscape" examines the past ten years of contemporary art in an attempt to answer the question - "What is American Landscape?" Comprised of more than 40 works by 28 well-known artists, and curated by Michael Klein, Curator of the Microsoft Collection, this exhibition explores the modern, diverse, and inventive character of contemporary landscape painting. The exhibition continues through October 15, 2000. (left: Paul Resika, Orange Boat, Black Pier, 1997, oil on canvas)
For the better part of this century the American landscape was a subject matter that was considered outdated and exhausted - the tradition of landscape painting seemed to have entirely disappeared. Yet, something took place in American art after the Sixties, an evolving need to identify oneself through one's work as well as one's place, or personal landscape. The show examines scenery outside as well as in the artists' heads, making the argument that what lies beyond the mountains exists somewhere within ourselves as well. (left: Gregory Amenoff, Light in August XII, oil on canvas, 62 x 52 inches)
The definition of "landscape" is broad, including the places we live in now - cities, towns and suburbs - as well as mountains, deserts and forests. The artists in this exhibition paint in a multiplicity of styles and draw from varied and very personal points of view. However, throughout the exhibition, there is a focus on light and weather as well as atmosphere and terrain. The artists are equally absorbed by the mythology and traditions of landscape painting as by the more practical problems of painting the landscape itself.
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