Cady Wells : Ruminations

On display Mar 24, 2017- Sept 17, 2017

Cady Wells, Secluded Chapel, circa 1939, watercolor on paper,
15 13/16 × 22 7/16 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum.
Bequest of the Rebecca Salsbury James Estate, 1968 (2297.23P) Photo by Blair Clark
 

The New Mexico Museum of Art, in partnership with The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, presents the dynamic and psychologically penetrating watercolor paintings of Cady Wells (1904-1954). This group of more than 25 works features Wells’ uniquely modernist interpretations of Southwestern landforms and cultural-religious traditions. Born to a traditional, well-to-do New England family, Wells settled in northern New Mexico beginning in 1932. There, his art took on the complex layering of a spirit inspired by music, calligraphy and stained glass, but traumatized by active WWII combat, sexual intolerance, and Atomic bomb experiments at Los Alamos, just 12 miles from where he lived and painted. Such mid-century influences marked his increasingly surrealist style with equal parts rapture and disquietude.



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