Emil Bisttram, Hidden Village, 1959, watercolor on paper, Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Myron Rosenbaum
Confluence of cultures and perspectives in Taos seen in Albuquerque Museum’s exhibition of works on paper. September 24, 2016 - March 19, 2017
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. The works in Taos Moderns demonstrate various ways such issues were addressed. Some artists, like Emil Bisttram and Andrew Dasburg, boldly deconstructed conventional ideas of perspective and representation. Others, like longtime UNM professor Kenneth Adams, made social issues a primary concern. Legendary photographer Laura Gilpin sensitively depicted the landscape, and often its indigenous people as they lived in the modern world, without pretense. John Candelario used antiquated photo techniques to conjure more timeless images of Hispanic and native cultures of the region. Native artists like Fred Kabotie depicted traditional cultural practices as insiders, utilizing modernist techniques. Thomas Benrimo plumbed the surreal depths of unconscious fears and archetypes.