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Experience the Art of the Wild West at the High Museum of Art!

Chelsea DeLay | November 5th, 2013 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions

The High Museum of Art recently opened an exciting exhibition consisting of over two hundred and fifty Western art objects created between 1830 and 1930. Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West includes nineteenth-century American landscape paintings, sculptures, photographs and rare objects that will transport audiences back to a period when the tales of cowboys and Indians and the legends of American outlaws were a reality of everyday life. Open through April 13, 2014, Go West! is arranged chronologically to draw attention to the exploration and settlement of the American West; “The westward expansion of our country is a compelling saga, and this exhibition visually demonstrates the complexity of our nation’s expansion through great works of art,” says Michael Shapiro, Nancy & Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director of the High.

Go West! is arranged into ten different sections: Into the Wilderness; Objects of Life, Objects of Art 1870–1900; American Arcadia; “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People”: Expeditions, Photography and the Opening of the American West; Frontier Heroes and the Romance of the American West; Buffalo Bill and the Wild West; Wildlife and the Sporting Man; Mourning the Past; and The Art of Survival: Traditions in a Transitional Age. This American art exhibition highlights a sublime scene of Yellowstone National Park by Thomas Moran, as well as eleven paintings by Albert Bierstadt, which were among some of the first painted depictions of the American West. Additional paintings and sculptures by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and N.C. Wyeth are also featured, along with objects created by members of the Plains Indian tribes and some Western celebrity memorabilia—guns used by Buffalo Bill and sharpshooter Annie Oakley! At the High Museum of Art, Go West! provides visitors with an exclusive experience to see a selection of important paintings and objects that were influential in shaping the national perception of the American West.

Albert Bierstadt (American, born Germany, 1830–1902), Yellowstone Falls, ca. 1881, oil on canvas, 44 1/4 x 30 1/2 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Taggart, 2.63.

Albert Bierstadt (American, born Germany, 1830–1902), Yellowstone Falls, ca. 1881, oil on canvas, 44 1/4 x 30 1/2 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Taggart, 2.63.

Albert Bierstadt (American, born Germany, 1830–1902), The Last of the Buffalo, ca. 1888, oil on canvas, 60 1/4 x 96 1/2 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust Fund Purchase, 2.60.

N.C. Wyeth (American, 1882–1945), Hunters with Bear, ca. 1911, oil on canvas, 47 1/8 x 38 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection, 25.88.

N.C. Wyeth (American, 1882–1945), Hunters with Bear, ca. 1911, oil on canvas, 47 1/8 x 38 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection, 25.88.

Thomas Moran (American, 1837–1926), Golden Gate, Yellowstone National Park, 1893, oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Museum Purchase, 4.75.

Thomas Moran (American, 1837–1926), Golden Gate, Yellowstone National Park, 1893, oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 50 1/4 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Museum Purchase, 4.75.

Chelsea DeLay is a Researcher at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.