Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Desert
Edwards Harris Center

NATIVE AMERICAN AND ART OF THE WEST

Western American art, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and decorative arts, was one of the museum’s early art collecting focuses and remains today one of its primary areas of specialization. The museum is devoted to a broad vision of the art of the West, and traditionally combines art of different media and eras to provide an informative picture of the complex blend of cultures, landscapes, historical forces, and artistic traditions that shape our ever-evolving notion of the West. Holdings span from the 19th century to modern and contemporary interpretations of western themes. A sizeable selection of works, often integrated with objects from the Native American collection, is on constant exhibition in the specially designated Denney Western American Art Wing, opened in 1982 with nine galleries for the display of western art. In total, there are approximately 2,150 art works in this collection, including 226 paintings, 59 sculptures, 1,269 drawings, 518 prints, and 77 examples of furniture and other decorative arts. Areas of special concentration include classic Western American painting and sculpture, regional desert paintings and select California plein air paintings. These holdings are importantly augmented by a very large collection of desert photography including paintings on photos by Stephen Willard and significant representation of contemporary Native American art.

Native American and Art of the West
Mexican / Latin American

Mexican / Latin American

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  Desert Landscape

Desert Landscape

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Western American

Western American

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American Indian

American Indian

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