Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 10, 1976 · Page 13
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1976 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N _--- -- _ . ; · i m s u r s L J A I I ^ I n i i ^ f ew standouts in "Southwest Legacy' HV nrtRPDT u initiKm --- ^~^ *^ IAI;K is By ROpERT M. QU1NN Citizen Art CriUc At the Tucson Museum of Art, 235 W. Alameda St., is the first of a projected series of Bicentennial shows. This one, labeled "Southwest Legacy^ 1850-1975" is, as the title suggests, a western show. It is hard to be fair to a show such as this. The problem is that the artists work in a localized idiom within an ancient form: Historical art. And, although the local form shares in some of the virtues of the genre, it exhibits all of its faults and contributes a few of its own. Why do western artists refuse to learn to paint and sculpt? I think it is because they concentrate exclusively on themes and have no interest in art as such, being dedicated to the documentary. However, even as documentation they usually fail, since for the most part they concentrate upon accuracy of detail but with it romantically recreate the West into a myth that never in truth existed. Dancers plan Guaymas event The France Theatre of Ballet will be in Guaymas, Son., from Feb. 19 to 21, to participate in the Mexican resort's first Carnival Intemacional. The company, consisting of 34 members of the ballet theater under the direction of Richard and Ellen France, will appear in "Les Syl- phides," "Les Patineurs" and the pas de deux from "The N u t c r a c k e r . " The senior dancers, part of the junior group and six technicians are making the trip. (At The Galleries } In general, then, I saw little that I liked, but there were a few things that stood out. There is a fine work by Robert Henri (1865-1929), who certainly knew what paint was and how to use it. Among the older painters, there is a good example by Alfred Jacob Miller (1810-1874) and an even nicer oil by Thomas Moran (1837-1926) who, although necessarily a Romantic in his time, nonetheless seems to have seen what he pretended to have seen, and portrayed it well. Several etchers are represented, including Moran, and in general they show up better than the painters. Most western painting runs to the illustrative, and perhaps because so much quality was lost in reproduction, they were little concerned with painterly values. That was not true of the best of them, however, as is well exemplified by N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945), surely one of America's all-time great illustrators, partly because his craft was firmly based on that of the serious painter. As to the more contemporary painters, except for Maynard Dixon, it would generally be most charitable to treat them with benevolent neglect. The bronzes, apparently efforts at cast photography, also lack artistry. Even big names (or should 1 say especially big names?) like Remington, are, except for their signatures, not particularly distinguishable from one another. The best piece is by one Karl Kauba: And he was Austrian. He seemed to know the difference between wax and metal, at least. The paintings by Indians, as usual, are eclectic and so heavily stylized as to lose individual character. On the other hand, most of the nicest pieces in the show are Indian. I am speaking of the pots, baskets, kachinas, rugs and saddles. They try to be no more than what they are, and they succeed admirably in being just what they are: Honest, sincere, spontaneous but careful, and most convincing. There are old pieces and new ones, and it is encouraging to note how well the craft and artistic integrity are holding up. Several pieces are splendid, even monumental. The best of them are true masterpieces and they are present in sufficient quantity to compensate for the shallower entries. 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