Frederick Weygold, “Pictographic Painted Shirt,” 1902, watercolor, ink, graphite on paper, (c) The Speed Art Museum 2017

Louisville, Kentucky, is the current home of a major show featuring hundreds of paintings, drawings, and photographs from a native son. He is celebrated for his creative output and research into Native Americans, and this is one exhibition to definitely see.

“Picturing American Indian Cultures: The Art of Kentucky’s Frederick Weygold” is a celebration of one man’s lifelong mission to understand and preserve Native American culture. Weygold (1870-1941) was a productive Louisville artist and ethnographer, producing hundreds of artworks and essays on local Sauk, Lakota, Plains, and Woodland tribes.

On view since January 7 at Louisville’s Speed Art Museum, the exhibition features some 180 paintings, drawings, and photographs by Weygold. Kim Spence, the museum’s curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, noted, “Although Weygold’s work as an illustrator, photographer, and collector of American Indian art is highly regarded in Europe, he remains virtually unknown in the United States.” The Speed Art Museum is seeking to change that through this brilliant exhibition, saying, “The exhibition offers for the first time a comprehensive account of this remarkable man and his achievements as an artist, collector, educator, and social activist.”

The exhibition will be on view through March 26. To learn more, visit The Speed Art Museum.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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