Art of New Mexico

Art of New Mexico : How The West is One -- The Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts

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This lavishly illustrated book explores the aesthetic and cultural impact of New Mexico art from the 1880s to the present, and highlights a refreshing range of works representing European, native, ethnic, tourist, regional and commercial art. For the past 125 years, art in New Mexico has told a complex story of aesthetic interaction and cultural fusion. Southwest art began with 19th-century documentarians confronting a disappearing Native America and an exotic landscape. Artists who arrived in New Mexico beginning in the 1880s wrestled with the commercialisation of the region and the clash of cultural identities. Native peoples and expedition photographers, tourism and the railroad, artist colonies, the arrival of modernism, Trinity and the end of romanticism, a new generation of native artists challenging ethnic identity -- all have played a part in what we now call New Mexican art. "The Art of New Mexico" provides new perspectives on the evolution of art in the state, and highlights the outstanding collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, which is the repository for some of the finest works by renowned artists such as Adam Clark Vroman, Marsden Hartley, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Luis Elijo Tapia. Curator and author Joseph Traugott discusses how Native American and Hispanic artists of the Southwest not only influenced the non-native artists who came to call New Mexico home, but how in turn their work was influenced by these newcomers. By organising key objects from the museum's collection with an intercultural history of New Mexico art, the book makes cogent connections between specific works, aesthetic movements, and cultural traditions. As a result, this book will engage readers who are well versed in the artistic traditions of New Mexico, as well as those new to its aesthetic heritage. The book is published to coincide with a reinstallation of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 250 x 300 x 29.46mm | 1,930g
  • New Mexico, United States
  • English
  • 228 colour illus
  • 0890134979
  • 9780890134979
  • 1,420,348

Table of contents

Foreword; Introduction; Benefiting from the Wondrous New Museum; Documenting Life in the Southwest: The Culture Rush; Selling the Southwesternist Perspective; Forming Communities of Artists; Becoming a Modernist Destination; Conflicting Aesthetic Outlooks; Reviving Culture by Rejecting Cheap Tourism; Alleviating the Effects of the Great Depression; Refining Modernist Perspectives During the 1930s; Shifting Attitudes During the Fold War; Embracing and Rejecting Formalism; Expanding vistas: Pluralism; Reconceptualising the Southwest; Afterthoughts; Bibliography; index.
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About Joseph Traugott

Joseph Traugott is curator of Twentieth Century Art at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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