Good Company: Five Artists Communities in New Mexico

GOOD COMPANY: FIVE ARTISTS COMMUNITIES IN NEW MEXICO

Good Company: Five Artists Communities in New Mexico

ON DISPLAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 - MARCH 10, 2019
Awakening (Memory of Father)

Agnes Pelton, Awakening (Memory of Father), 1943, oil on canvas. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Museum purchase, 2005 (2005.27.1) Photo by Blair Clark.

Since the end of the nineteenth century, when some of the first academically trained artists began to settle in Taos, later forming  the Taos Society of Artists, New Mexico has continued to provide fertile ground for artists to gather  together and create a forum for their individual visions.  The role of artist communities in New Mexico is explored through works by members of the Taos Society of Artists, Los Cinco Pintores, Transcendental Painting Group, Rio Grande Painters, and the Stieglitz circle. Despite their shared desire to form a creative community, each of these groups had a distinctive aesthetic and set of guiding principles. The juxtaposition of these five groups offers a closer look at what makes each unique.