SDMA is the final and only West Coast venue for a
major exhibition of works by the great 19th-century American landscape
painter Asher B. Durand. Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape
surveys over 50 paintings, drawings, and engravings by Durand, one of
the foremost artists of his era who created the most memorable American
landscape paintings of the mid-19th century.
Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, Kindred Spirits
is the first monographic exhibition devoted to Asher B. Durand’s career
in more than 35 years. It includes paintings of various areas in New
York, including Kaaterskill Clove, as well as portraits of
President Andrew Jackson and Durand’s landmark painting in American
art, Kindred Spirits, which depicts his close friend and fellow Hudson
River School artist Thomas Cole with poet William Cullen Bryant. Also
featured is SDMA’s own work by Durand, Landscape—Composition: In the Catskills, which was re-framed especially for this exhibition.
highlights the various stages of Durand’s fruitful career, with extra
emphasis given to the large-scale landscape paintings for which he is
best remembered today. His multifaceted career spanned over sixty
years, from the inception of a national cultural identity using
scenery, through the rise of the Hudson River School, which he took
part in founding.
conjunction, the Museum has organized a beautiful display of California
plein-air paintings, together with the newly opened Lux Art Institute. Plein Air Past and Present: A Collaboration Between SDMA and the Lux Art Institute includes more than 20 paintings and will run concurrently with Kindred Spirits.
Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape is
organized by the Brooklyn Museum and is made possible by the Henry Luce
Foundation. Local presentation is supported by the generosity of Mr.
and Mrs. Paul F. Mosher, Mr. and Mrs. John I. Bloomberg, Sharon and
Joel Labovitz, and two anonymous donors. Additional support is provided
by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of
San Diego Community Enhancement Program, and members of the San Diego
Museum of Art.