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An American Visionary


 

An American Visionary: Alexandre Hogue - Paintings and Works on Paper

Exhibition Dates: September 28, 2013 through January 5, 2014
Co-curated by Susie Kalil and James Peck

Alexandre Hogue painted the fierce geology of his native southwest with passion, precision, and prophesy. The Rockwell Museum of Western Art will feature more than sixty paintings and works on paper by this giant of American art. An edited version of the more comprehensive 2010 retrospective organized by the Art Museum of South Texas, the Rockwell exhibition hopes to elevate Hogue from the status of Regionalist artist to his rightful place as a major twentieth century American artist.

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Alexandre Hogue, Acequia Madre (Mother Watercourse), 1928, Oil on board, 12 x 16 inches. Private collection Alexandre Hogue, Canyon Totem, Erosional Remnant x, 1980, Pastel on paper, 14 3/8 x 20 ¾ inches. Private collection Alexandre Hogue ,Chastity, 1929,Oil on canvas, 19 ½ x 17 ½ inches. Private Collection Alexandre Hogue. Chisos Mountains, Northwest Face, 1979, Oil on canvas, 38 x 56 inches. The Stark Museum of Art, Orange, TX  Alexandre Hogue, Church at Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, 1925, Oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches. Private Collection
Alexandre Hogue, Crane County Dunes, 1937, Oil on board, 19 ½ x 23 ½ inches. The Dallas Museum of Art Alexandre Hogue, Desert Glare, 1945, Lithograph. Weatherspoon Art Museum Alexandre Hogue, Desert Mesa, Big Bend, 1981, Oil on canvas. Private Collection Alexandre Hogue, Drouth Survivors,  1936/1984, Oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches. Private Collection Alexandre Hogue, Dust Bowl, 1933, Oil on board, 24 x 32 5/8 inches. Smithsonian American Museum
Alexandre Hogue, Eroded Lava Badlands, Alpine, 1982, Oil on canvas, 38 x 56 inches. Olivia Hogue Mariño and Amalia Mariño Alexandre Hogue, Four Into Four, 1960, Oil on canvas, 41 x 32 inches. Olivia Hogue Mariño and Amalia Mariño Alexandre Hogue, Grim Reaper , 1932, Charcoal and ink on paper, 21 x 30 inches. Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC Alexandre Hogue, Hondo Canyon Cliffs, 1941, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 44 inches. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center Alexandre Hogue, Howdy Neighbor, 1936, Pencil on paper, 18 x 24 inches. The University of Tulsa
Alexandre Hogue, Irrigation #1, 1950, Oil on canvas. Olivia Hogue Mariño and Amalia Mariño Alexandre Hogue, Irrigation-Taos, 1931, Oil on canvas, 17 x 24 inches. The Art Museum of South Texas Alexandre Hogue, J. Frank Dobie – One of Coronado’s Children, 1931, Oil on canvas, 34 x 47 ½ inches. University of Tulsa Alexandre Hogue, Kiss-Kuzzen-Zen, 1972, Oil on canvas, 42 x 30 inches. Olivia Hogue Mariño and Amalia Mariño Alexandre Hogue. Lava-Capped Mesa, Big Bend, 1976, Oil on canvas, 34 x 56 inches. University of Tulsa
Alexandre Hogue , Looking Toward Mexico, 1922, Pastel on Paper, 3 ½ x 7 ½ inches. Private Collection Alexandre Hogue, Lucky 13, 1964, Oil on canvas, 42 x 30 inches. Private Collection Alexandre Hogue, Magpie – Taos, 1939, Oil on canvas panel, 12 x 16 inches. The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK Alexandre Hogue, Migration, 1971, Black and brown ink on paper, 27 x 19 inches. Private Collection Alexandre Hogue, Oasis, Big Bend x, 1984, Pastel on paper, 14 ½ x 21 inches. Private Collection

The exhibition is drawn from 38 private and public collections throughout the United States, including the artist's daughter Olivia Hogue Mariño, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Taking as his subject matter the plains, deserts, mountains, and other fantastic geological formations of the southwest, specifically Texas and Oklahoma, Hogue was most famous for his Dust Bowl paintings. While Hogue came of age alongside artistic masters like Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, his fame never reached the same level. Yet by every measure, his art was just as powerful, and perhaps more prophetic, than either of these icons. These paintings take the viewer on a journey through Hogue's diverse70 year artistic career.

Several major periods of Hogue's art are featured, including early works from Taos and Texas in the 1920s, the iconic Dust Bowl period of the 1930s, the lesser known post-1945 works, including several nonobjective and calligraphic one-liner paintings, as well as a large selection from the bold, final Big Bend series of the 1970s and 1980s.

Throughout his life, Hogue stuck by his innermost belief: a sense of life within the earth that endures despite man's ravages. Each series - from the hauntingly beautiful Taos landscapes and prophetic canvases of a dust-covered Southwest to his depictions of the striking geological phenomena of the Big Bend - serves as homage to nature. Today, with the ecology of the American West more fragile than ever, Hogue's works seem even more prescient. Their almost supernatural beauty reminds us of the power of the earth and our own somewhat tentative connection to the land.

This exhibition is made possible in part by World Kitchen, LLC.

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Additional support is provided by Heritage Auctions and Corning Credit Union.

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