Benton and art during wartime

Thomas Hart Benton, Harbor Scene

What does war look like through the eyes of an artist like Thomas Hart Benton? That question is the focus of an exhibit at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, and is the topic of discussion in a recent podcast from Missouri radio station KBIA.  Host Raymond Stern and two panelists look at the … Continue reading

Benton and others on display at Kiechel Fine Art

Kiechel Fine Art: Benton, Curry, Nichols, Wood and others on display…: Kiechel Fine Art is proud to announce Defining America:Images of the 20th Century , a show that pairs heroic scenes of American h… Kiechel Fine Art: Lincoln Journal Star reviews “Defining America” at…: DEFINING AMERICA: IMAGES OF THE 20TH CENTURY September 23 – November … Continue reading

Benton in the News: August 26 – September 9

Benton in the News is a biweekly feature highlighting exhibitions, sales, and recent news clips about the artist.  To submit news items, email gallery@kiechelart.com. National: Paintings from Jack Warner’s collection will be on view at the University of Pennsylvania.  The Warner collection focuses on American art, particularly George Washington imagery, the Hudson River movement, Winslow … Continue reading

Benton in the News: July 29 – August 11

Benton in the News is a biweekly feature highlighting exhibitions, sales, and recent news clips about the artist.  To submit news items, email gallery@kiechelart.com. National: A recent exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago examines the horrors and heroism of World War II through rediscovered Soviet propaganda and a panel from Benton’s Perils of War.  … Continue reading

The Birth of Regionalism

Thomas Hart Benton's Self Portrait on the cover of Time Magazine

During the early 30s, American artists began a departure from the work of their European counterparts, instead looking to their own surroundings for inspiration. In 1934, TIME magazine gave a name to this trend: the “U.S. Scene” or “Regional art”. The corresponding article recognized Benton’s influence as a leader in the movement, and, appropriately, the … Continue reading

Benton in the News: July 14 – 28

Benton in the News is a biweekly feature highlighting exhibitions, sales, and recent news clips about the artist.  To submit news items, email gallery@kiechelart.com. Chazen Art Museum opens Loaded Images: Printmaking as Persuasion, an exhibition exploring lithographs with social or political statements.  Among the prints included in the show is Prodigal Son by Benton, which … Continue reading

1951 Benton flood painting sells for $1.9 million

Thomas Hart Benton, Homecoming (Kaw Valley)

A timely and poignant painting of the wreckage caused by massive flooding in 1951 recently came up for auction at Sotheby’s.  The painting, “Flood Disaster” by Thomas Hart Benton, exceeded the high estimate of $1.2 million, selling for $1.9 million. The painting depicts the destruction of two homes along the Kansas River.  A woman stands … Continue reading