This exhibition of Western American art from Valley collections highlights 22 exceptional paintings of New Mexico from the first half of the 20th century by some of the major artists working there. Academic traditions are prominent in many of the works by the members of Taos Society of Artists, including Bert Geer Phillips, Walter Ufer and Eanger Irving Couse, including the very first of the 23 paintings Couse sold to the Santa Fe Railway for use on its popular promotional calendars. Modernism also played an important role in the art of New Mexico, whether by visitors from the East Coast, including Robert Henri and John Marin, or in work of the Santa Fe-based group known as Los Cinco Pintores, which included Josef Bakos and Will Shuster. Georgia O'Keeffe's unique perspective will be represented by a work she painted during her first trip to Taos in 1929. These paintings are some of the finest examples by the artists who helped shape and define Western American art as we know it today.
Indian Girl of New Mexico, Robert Henri, 1917. Oil on canvas. Collection of Gilbert and Nancy Waldman.