Saturday, April 1, 2023

Orientalism Meets Western Art

Henry Farny, Mesa Village, 15 x 9.4 inches, gouache, 1891.

The Denver Art Museum is presenting an exhibition called "Near East to Far West" which pairs French Orientalist painting with the art of the American West.

The curators describe the combination in this way: "In Near East to Far West, visitors will be encouraged to compare the visual and historical aspects of French Orientalism and artworks of the American West and reflect on the impact of these representations into the present....The styles, motifs, and meanings of both French Orientalism and western American art reflect fears, desires, and curiosities about "unknown" lands during the process of colonization."

This exhibition Near East to Far West is on view in Denver from March 5, 2023, through May 29, 2023.


Laura G. Young said...

I accidentally let my DAM membership lapse, so I'd not heard about this upcoming exhibit from them. Thanks for mentioning it!

Christian Schlierkamp said...

I wish so much that I could visit it...Great concept.