Lone Wolf Premiere Retrospective to Open in Scottsdale

Exhibition highlights the artist’s career, which bridges the diverse cultures of the Old and New West.

Lone Wolf (Hart M. Schultz): Cowboy, Actor & Artist features a selection of Lone Wolf’s (aka Hart Merriam Schultz, 1883-1970) paintings, sculptures, illustrated books and ephemera that illuminate his contributions as a contemporary Blackfeet Indian artist. It also discusses his significant role in capturing the accounts of the individuals and events that shaped the American frontier during the first half of the 20th century.

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Lone Wolf (Hart M. Schultz), Memories, 1915

Within the exhibition, an interactive audio and visual kiosk includes a recorded interview with the artist as he talks about his life and artistic inspirations.

Another interview filmed after the artist’s death with his adopted son and Arizona artist, the late Paul Dyck, contributes to the telling of Wolf’s story and his contributions to the history and art of the American West.

Although lesser-known in the pantheon of American art history, Lone Wolf played no less an indelible role in portraying the transformations of the American West during the first half of the 20th century than well-known artists of his time.

Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz), Browning, Montana, 1920.

Lone Wolf (aka Hart M. Schultz), Browning, Montana, 1920.

Wolf was among the first American Indian artists to paint in an academic style, and is one of the most important Glacier Park artists. He was encouraged by famed Western painters Charles Russell and Thomas Moran. He attended the Art Students League in New York and the Chicago Art Institute.

The scope of Wolf’s lifetime experience spans the time when free-roaming buffalo were a vital resource to Native people. His art is steeped in personal knowledge of his tribe, as well as his firsthand acquaintance with the American West. He creatively translated to bronze and canvas the observations and accounts his Blackfeet elders shared with him through their stories.

 


Lone Wolf (Hart M. Schultz): Cowboy, Actor & Artist

June 21 – Aug. 31, 2016

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale

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