Heather James is bringing out the best for Fall Arts Festival.
While some of the galleries use the time to line their walls with paintings of nature and wildlife, Heather James — an auction house known for its vast collection of modern and postmodern work — takes the opportunity to highlight the gems in its possession. This year will be no different.
“In general our program is a bit different, so we try to stick to what we do best,” Gallery Manager Sarah Fischel said. “Galleries in Jackson offer so much great work, and people may be invested in Western art but like other art as well. We’re focusing on what top pieces we can get in.”
However, like last year’s exhibit of Andy Warhol’s cowboys and Native Americans, there will be a nod to the West.
A collection of over 40 works by American realist painter Edward Hopper, including a sketch of Jackson Hole, will line the walls of Heather James Fine Art.
“He has a sketch from a trip out to Jackson in 1945,” Fischel said. “So we have this sketch of the Tetons.”
Hopper was known for his depictions of everyday scenes, including many from his family’s property in New York.
“We’ll have some paintings and some landscapes and some cartoons, which gives you a view into who he was besides his famous paintings,” Fischel said.
Warhol will make another appearance, with some of his more general work from the 1950s and ’60s.
“We have some well-known series, including his soup cans series, and capped it off with a well-known one-off painting he did of a set of knives,” Fischel said.
Warhol is known for his repetitive series, which tended to turn morbid and often explored how representation of everyday objects could shift with repetition.
“He loved to deal with an everyday item and turn it into an icon,” Fischel said. “It elevated the idea of the knife.”
Work by two other major artists — Sam Francis and David Levinthal — will be on display as well. Francis is a West Coast abstract expressionist painter. Levinthal, who has work at the Smithsonian, is a photographer known for taking pictures of posed toys in extreme close-up.
“His stuff is so interesting,” Fischel said, adding that his figurine series related back to how we represent (or fail to represent) the American West.
“In Jackson we have his Western series,” she said. “The American West is so ingrained in our communal history, and this is turning it on its head and asking what we are looking at.”
The gallery will be open during normal hours during the festival and for Palates and Palettes Friday, Sept. 6. ￼