Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape
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.
Kindred Spirits 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.
In 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.