Phoenix Art Museum’s newest exhibition, William Herbert “Buck” Dunton: A Mainer Goes West is now on display for the public to enjoy thanks to a generous donation by the Men’s Arts Council. Organized by Phoenix Art Museum and the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, the exhibition features some of the most significant works by William Herbert “Buck” Dunton, a founder of the Taos Society of Artists—arguably the most important group to popularize real and idealized images of the American West.
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Here are 5 things to know about this extraordinary exhibition:
- From Maine to the Mesas: “Mainer Goes West” chronicles Dunton’s remarkable journey from his early years in Maine to the vast landscapes of the American West. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to witness the transformation of his artistic style, from the verdant seascapes of Maine to the sweeping deserts and majestic mountains of the West.
- Master of Mediums: Dunton’s versatility as an artist is on full display in this exhibition. From oil paintings that capture the vivid hues of desert sunsets to meticulously detailed watercolors that bring to life the flora and fauna of the Western terrain, Dunton’s mastery of various mediums showcases his deep understanding of the natural world.
- The Taos Society of Artists Influence: As a prominent member of the Taos Society of Artists, Dunton was part of a vibrant community of artists who sought to capture the unique culture and landscapes of the American Southwest. This exhibition explores the collaborative spirit of the Society and how it influenced Dunton’s artistic vision.
- The Essence of the Cowboy: One of Dunton’s most iconic subjects was the American cowboy. Through his brushwork, he depicted the rugged individualism and timeless spirit of the men and women who tamed the Wild West. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Dunton’s intimate portrayal of cowboy life, a subject that became synonymous with his name.
- Legacy and Influence: “Mainer Goes West” doesn’t just showcase Dunton’s works; it also delves into the enduring impact he had on Western art. Through a curated selection of pieces by artists influenced by Dunton, visitors will gain a broader perspective on his contributions to the art world and the lasting legacy he left behind.
“Mainer Goes West” at the Phoenix Art Museum is more than an exhibition; it is a journey through time, space, and artistic evolution. This exhibition, that runs through June 30, 2024, was brought to Phoenix thanks to the Men’s Arts Council (MAC). Founded in January 1967, MAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the Museum’s programs and activities through unique events such as the Copperstate 1000 and the Copperstate Overland. The Men’s Arts Council’s efforts enable the organization to make annual contributions to Phoenix Art Museum’s operating budget and financially sponsor exhibitions and art acquisitions. For more information, visit mensartscouncil.com.