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Local Exhibits - October 2016

SANTA FE

Ninth Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out
Friday & Saturday, October 14 & 15, 2016

Friday evening features open galleries, receptions and previews, while the shops and restaurants will remain open late.

Saturday is a full day of art in the open-air along Canyon Road. Artists will be outdoors with their easels and other essential tools of their trades, working and demonstrating their techniques. The event includes painters, sculptors, fiber artists, potters, and jewelry makers, as well as various musical performances. Both days are free and open to the public.

The O'Keeffe Museum

The museum is showcasing early works by Georgia O'Keeffe in three installations, each closing October 30, 2016:

"Abstract Nature"

During the academic year of 1915-1916, Georgia O'Keeffe taught art at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina, At this time, she explored painting in an altogether new way, using the individual components of composition--line, shape, color, and contrast--as capable of vivid expression in and of themselves. The museum calls these works "some of the world’s first pure abstractions." This did not steer O'Keeffe away from her perception of the beauty and spiritual power of the natural world. Instead, she continued to use the landscape, flowers, and trees as the basis for many of her abstracted compositions. Alfred Stieglitz exhibited O'Keeffe's abstractions in New York for the first time in 1916 at his avant-garde gallery, called, “291.”

"Georgia O'Keeffe's Far Wide Texas"

From 1916 to 1918, Georgia O'Keeffe lived in Canyon, Texas, while teaching at West Texas State Normal College, now West Texas A & M University. This exhibit explores this period in her life as a time "of radical innovation," when O'Keeffe turned the direction of her art fully toward abstraction. Twenty-eight of the fifty-one watercolors she created in Canyon are presented. The watercolors and drawings O'Keeffe created during that period were also exhibited at Stieglitz's 291 gallery.

"My New Yorks"

This installation includes works by O'Keeffe in the years following her move to New York in 1918. At this time, now in a close relationship with Alfred Stieglitz, she began to split the year between New York City and the Stieglitz family compound at Lake George, in upstate New York. They were married in 1924. For her city work, O'Keeffe focused much attention on the urban landscape and skyscrapers, in particular, as an American symbol of modernity. While in Lake George, she focused on the natural world around her. This exhibit contrasts both of these themes.

New Mexico Museum of Art
"Southwestern Sampler"
CONTINUED: Ongoing

This is an ongoing and changing exhibit of work from the collection of Santa Fe's New Mexico Museum of Art. Highlighting the breadth of work created by artists working in the state since the museum's founding in 1917, the exhibit always includes works by the Taos Society Artists, Santa Fe Art Colony members, and the modernists.

ALBUQUERQUE

Albuquerque Museum
"Taos Moderns: Works on Paper"
Sept. 24, 2016 - Mar. 19, 2017

"Taos Moderns: Works on Paper" is a showcase for works by some of the best known Modernists working in New Mexico during the last century. Highlighting the different concerns of various artists in their approach to Modernism, the exhibit sets out to demonstrate the ways such issues were addressed. Whether it's the deconstructionist ideas of cubism, metaphysics, social issues, or Native American arts, a wide array of artists and media are on display. The exhibit curator explains: "Modernism was a cultural movement that triumphed by the middle of the last century. It prioritized personal experience, social consciousness, awareness of essential impulses, and novelty of form and expression." Noted artists include Andrew Dasburg, Kenneth Adams, Thomas Benrimo, Fred Kabotie, and photographer Laura Gilpin.

ROSWELL

Roswell Museum and Art Center
"Beyond American Indian Modernism"
Closing October 18, 2016

If you are in the Roswell area, it would make a worthwhile visit to stop at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. They are currently featuring a small exhibit of modern and contemporary works by highly regarded Native American artists. Comprising works from their own collection, artists featured include Fritz Scholder, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and R.C. Gorman, among others. The exhibit highlights the many paths of expression in contemporary Native American art.

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