Deas Retrospective at DAM

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Interview produced by David Hill

The career of western artist Charles Deas was like a supernova. It burned hot but faded quickly. Mental illness had a lot to do with why he faded into obscurity in the mid 1800’s. But for a time, his paintings of fur trappers and Native Americans captivated art patrons back east. Now, the Denver Art Museum has put together the first-ever retrospective of works by Deas. This month (November) is your last chance to see it. Carol Clark put the show together. She’s a professor of Art History and American Studies at Amherst College. Clark spoke with Ryan Warner. Interview originally aired August 18, 2010