University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus)

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Tell Me Something Good

by Kate Skelly
Driving to Albuquerque from Santa Fe in March is like propelling into the future by about a month or so. Santa Fe, while having begun its spring thaw, will continue the slow crawl out of winter for some time to come. In Albuquerque, however, chartreuse buds appear at the tips of branches, hyacinths sway in the balmy breeze, and flocks of students drape the patios of outdoor bars along Central. Spring representing a fresh start, I thought it befitting to cover now on view in the Raymond Johnson... [more]
Posted by Kate Skelly on 3/29/13

Richard Deacon's Dead Leg

, 2007, is a tour-de-force sculpture that is composed of compressed 2 x 2 oak lengths, bound together in groups of two and four by custom-fabricated stainless steel couplings. At 8 feet high, Dead Leg spans 28 x 9 feet and begins with the static bound “root” of the sculpture. The wood then splits, sprawls, and gracefully gyrates so that the tension between the organic and hand-wrought materials achieve a ribbon-like fluidity that belies the challenging methods of construction. The rigid leg,... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/2/11

Prints and Printed Books

provides visitors an occasion to view significant prints and printed books from the museum’s permanent collection which numbers over ten thousand, and spans the history of printmaking from 1493 to the present. Prints possess a multi-valent nature—both the subject and technique embodied in an image must be considered on equal footing, one not privileged over the other. The idea expressed on paper depends upon the printer’s abilities and particular materials to realize successfully the artist’s... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/8/12

Antoine Predock

        - Antoine Predock The roadcut is an historical record of our effects on a place over time.  Intersecting geologic persistence with human transience, its sectional cut through time in space exposes the synergy between land and machine that drives Predock’s understanding of architecture as a form of landscape. Closing the gap between human experience and modern technology, Predock returns architecture to its original, sacred purpose of... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 3/6/11

Cady Wells

    Cady Wells was one of the most innovative modern artists working within the Santa Fe and Taos milieu in the 1930s and 1940s if not one of this country’s most accomplished watercolorists in any period.  In the 1940s, he was included in important contemporary watercolor exhibitions, including the Whitney, and in seminal exhibitions such as the 1947 “Abstract and Surrealist Art” exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago that were influential in defining the nature of the new... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/31/11

Raymond Jonson: Transcendental Painting

      Upon arriving in Santa Fe from Chicago in 1924, Raymond Jonson (1891-1982) was one of the first artists to establish a healthy and active climate for modernism in the Southwest, which included the founding of the Transcendental Painting Group in 1938, the only other fully organized body of non-objective painters outside New York in the 1930s.   Long recognized by collectors and arts institutions worldwide, Jonson’s contributions to the development of American... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/19/10

Man Ray

    The American born, Parisian-based artist Man Ray (1890-1976) has been called one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. This exhibition—with over 100 rare black and white photographs, many reunited for the first time with the African objects that they depict—presents how Man Ray and others, including Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Sheeler, Cecil Beaton, and Walker Evans contributed to a Western understanding of African art. This groundbreaking exhibition reveals photography’s... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/1/10

Transcendental Painting

by E-Slant Team
The Jonson Gallery presents a select group of watercolors and oils painted by Raymond Jonson between 1942, after the dissolution of the Transcendental Painting Group, and 1948, when he conceived the idea of the Jonson Gallery on the UNM campus.Thus the 1940s span and connect two significant events in Jonson's life by a series of works that are more than a singular resolve to continue the group. Rather, the Transcendental ideals of order and harmony conveyed through intense color, rhythm, and... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 8/7/09