New Mexico Art Tells its History

Modernism in New Mexico Art

After statehood in 1912, there was a wave of academically-trained realist painters who came and were attracted to the land, the light and the native cultures. The kind of pictures being made were images of the native peoples, their homes, and the surrounding landscape.

The 1913 Armory Show in Chicago and New York introduced the public to the most radical European and American art, and artists began to align themselves either with the new, the Modernists, or the old, the academic realists.  Modernist  art expressed a more personal and emotional response to the world, rather than a replication, or  mirror, of reality.

Related Art

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Hill and Clouds - WestonThe StoicThe War BonnetUnder the Old PortalAncestral SpiritsViva La Fiesta (Zozobra)40th Wedding AnniversaryThe Springtime RainbowChurch - Ranchos de TaosUntitled (New Mexico Landscape) - WellsTaos HousesDesert Abstraction (Bear Lake)Earth Rhythms no. 2Back of Ranchos ChurchApache FiestaPenitente Cross and Chapel, San PedroThe Awakening

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