Aaron Payne Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of Taos Moderns. The Taos Moderns were a diverse group of artists working between the mid 1940’s and the 1970’s in and around Taos, New Mexico. They were part of a stylistic lineage, primarily non-figurative or pure abstraction, that reflected and interpreted the power of light, color and the landscape in their art and changed the way Taos and its artists were viewed.
The Taos Moderns came to New Mexico from all across America. Many of them were attracted to New Mexico by the space, the brilliant light, and the diverse cultures of indigenous Pueblo and Hispanic peoples. They were attracted by the freedom to work outside of the financial, cultural, and academic constraints of their previous homes. Many had been students at leading schools of fine art, or studied with established masters such as Josef Albers and Hans Hoffman. The artists' various abstract styles helped reshape the conservative Taos art center from western-scene romantic art to a center of American modernism.
The Taos Moderns now, as in the past, change the way we see New Mexico and expand our understanding of Postwar art in America. When referring to the avant-garde art that would later be called ‘Taos Modern", Mabel Dodge Luhan noted, “I think it is the most important thing that has happened in America, of its kind.”
This exhibition will feature over forty artworks from the gallery’s collection of Taos Moderns, including work by Thomas Benrimo, Lawrence Calcagno, Wolcott Ely, Louise Ganthiers, Leo Garel, Ward Lockwood, Bea Mandelman, Lee Mullican, Robert Donald Ray, Louis Ribak, Oli Sihvonen, Hyde Solomon, Earl Stroh, Cady Wells, and others.