Top 10 Western Museums of 2011

3 ART MUSEUMS TO WATCH IN 2011

1. Denver Art Museum (Denver, Colorado): After an extensive remodeling, the American Indian art galleries reopened January 30, 2011, highlighting the museum’s 18,000-plus collection that spans more than 2,000 years. Meanwhile, “Western Horizons: Landscapes from the Contemporary Realism Collection,” which runs through October 23, features more than 25 paintings from artists including Clyde Aspevig and Len Chmiel.

2. Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, Texas): The museum named after the legendary Fort Worth publisher and philanthropist turned 50 years old in 2011. To celebrate, it scheduled special exhibitions on “The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision,” “The Allure of Paper: Drawings and Watercolors from the Collection” and “John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury.” The stars of this museum, however, will likely always remain Carter’s extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by master Western artists Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington.

3. Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, Arizona): How do you blend contemporary art with movies and cowboys? You find Bill Schenck. The museum’s exhibit “Bill Schenck: The Serigraphs” opened this past February and ran through July 17. Schenck, who worked with Andy Warhol and was transformed by Sergio Leone, created editions of 52 serigraphs between the early 1970s and mid-1990s that showcased his reverence for the West.

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