New Mexico Art Tells its History

The Miner - Adams

The Miner, n.d
Kenneth Miller Adams (American, 1897 - 1966)
lithograph, 18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in. (47 x 33.7 cm)
Purchase Prize, 2nd Annual Print Exhibition, 1948
154.23G

Kenneth Miller Adams, born in Topeka, Kansas, studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York, and later spent several months studying in France and Italy. In 1924 he moved to Taos to be with artists Andrew Dasburg and Walter Ufer. He was the last and youngest member of the Taos Society of Artists, and perhaps the most dedicated modernist of them all. In 1934 Adams worked under the Public Works of Art Project. He was strongly influenced by Cezanne’s Cubist principles and without roots in19th century classicism, was free to explore the contemporary methods of representation. He went on to influence the art scene of New Mexico for decades. After spending 12 years in Taos, Adams moved to Albuquerque in 1938 where he taught at the University of New Mexico until 1963.

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