UNM Art Museum Celebrates 50 Years

Grand Canyon Trilogy - First Movement, 1927” is an oil on canvas by Raymond Jonson.

On view September 13th – December 21st, 2013

The UNM Art Museum unveils three 50th Anniversary exhibitions this week, curated from its remarkable permanent collection of over 30,000 works of art. In an interview with the Albuquerque Journal, new museum director, Lisa Tamiris Becker, said of the show, “It was a process for me as the new director becoming familiar with the incredible strength of the collection and discovering there were so many artistic treasures and working to cull a selection that would be particularly moving." The public is encouraged to attend a very special opening reception event this Thursday, September 12th, from 6 - 8pm in the main gallery. Two other exhibitions featuring Agnes Martin and Martin Parr are also scheduled to open.
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FROM RAYMOND JONSON TO KIKI SMITH: The UNM Art Museum’s Permanent Collection at Fifty Years

On view in the Main Gallery

In celebration of the UNM Art Museum’s 50th Anniversary, this exhibition will present highlights and recent acquisitions selected from the museum’s permanent collection of over 30,000 works of art. Built largely through the generosity of artists, collectors, and donors, the UNM Art Museum holds the largest public art collection in New Mexico and contains works that represent a diversity of cultural and aesthetic traditions. The exhibition will feature many noted artists including Ansel Adams, Alexander Archipenko, Larry Bell, Ernest Blurneschein, Bruce Conner, Juan Correa, David Hare, Raymond Jonson, Donald Judd, Lodovico Lipparini, Georgia O-Keeffe, Bridget Riley, Julius Rolshoven, Robert Ryman, Alison Saar, Fritz Scholder, Kiki Smith, and Luis Tapia, among many others. The exhibition will feature major works of modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, and works on paper, a selection of the museum’s historic European and Spanish Colonial paintings and sculpture, as well as selections of Retablos, African sculpture, and Mata Ortiz pottery.

ANDY WARHOL’S SNAPSHOTS AND TAKES: Selections from the UNM Art Musuem’s Andy Warhol Foundation Photographic Legacy Program Gift

On view in the West Gallery

Featuring over eighty photographs by Andy Warhol, the icon of American Pop, generously gifted to the UNM Art Museum by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, this exhibition will highlight the artist’s prolific engagement with photography as a method, medium, and social practice. The exhibition includes examples of the artist’s gelatin silver prints and Polaroids which feature portraits of celebrities such as Diana Ross, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Paloma Picasso, as well as photographs of some of Warhol’s favorite iconic pop objects such as shoes, wine-glasses, skyscrapers, and chandeliers.


On view in the Van Deren Coke Gallery

Sometime in the early 1960s, a modest engraved portrait of the English composer, writer, and organist, Charles Burney, became the first accessioned work to the UNM Art Museum’s (originally called the University Art Gallery) collection. Thanks in large part to the generosity of our donors, benefactors, former directors and curators, the works on paper collection has grown significantly and substantially during its fifty year history and now includes over twenty thousand works-prints, drawings, photographs and artists’ books—which date from as early as 1493 up to the present. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the permanent collection, celebrates our rich extensive collection where one can trace the intellectual and aesthetic breadth of both the established traditions in the graphic arts along with photography’s disparate and myriad histories.

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986), Grey Hill Forms, 1936; Oil on canvas; 20″ x 30″ (unframed); University of New Mexico Art Museum, Image Courtesy of the University of New Mexico Art Museum, From the Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe.


AGNES MARTIN: The Early Years 1947 - 1957

Opening in the Raymond Jonson Gallery on the Lower Level Widely recognized as one of the preeminent artists of the late 20th century, Agnes Martin is best known for her subtly rendered grids and stripes painted from the early 1960s until the end of her career in 2004. As a graduate student at UNM in the late 1940s, under the mentorship of Raymond Jonson, and the 1950s in Taos and New York, Martin worked in a far more spontaneous, organic, and aggressive style that is completely different from the absolute control and serenity of her later works. Martin tried to destroy most of these early works but, luckily, many of them survive and they tell us much about a young and very talented artist navigating her way through the maze of early to mid-twentieth-century American modernism.


Opening in the Clinton Adams Gallery on the Upper Level

In this exhibition, one of Britian’s most beloved photographers takes us on a color-saturated journey through a place loved by all, the seaside, with its general absurdities and local quirks. Martin Parr has been photographing this subject for many decades, documenting all aspects of the tradition, including close-ups of sunbathers, rambunctious swimmers caught mid-plunge, and the eternal sandy picnic underway. His international career, in fact, could well be traced to the launch of “The Last Resort”, a 1986 book depicting the seaside resort of New Brighton, near Liverpool. What may be less known is that this obsession has led Parr to photograph beaches across the world. This exhibition presents photos of beach goers on far-flung shores, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and of course, the U.K.

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