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The New Mexican's Weekly Magazine of Arts, Entertainment & Culture Friday, July 25, 2014

Art Reviews

  • Art in Review — Jim Vogel: "Cante Jondo"

    New Mexico resident Jim Vogel makes his home north of Santa Fe in the pretty but remote little town of Dixon. His surroundings are not exactly quotidian, but perhaps his rural homeland invokes a patriotism like Thomas Hart Benton's, that famous painter of proletariat America.

  • Art in Review: "Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World"

    Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World features more than 40 paintings and a few sculptures from 17th- and 18th-century Mexico and Peru as well as works from New Mexico.

  • Art in Review: Hannah Holliday Stewart rediscovered

    Hannah Holliday Stewart was born into the upper classes of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1924, but she wasn’t cut out for the life of a Southern belle. From a young age, she was fascinated by the natural world and all its subtle wonders. In a journal entry from her later years, she wrote, “When I was 8 years old I asked my mother what the wind looked like. ..."

  • Art in Review: "Digital Latin America" at 516 Arts

    Seventeen artists — from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the Navajo Nation, and the United States — are featured in the exhibit: 15 at 516 Arts and one each at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the University of New Mexico Art Museum.

  • Art in Review: "The Curve" at CCA

    Each year in June, Center, Santa Fe’s hub for photography, hosts Review Santa Fe, a juried portfolio review for international photographers. In advance of the Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, which starts on Thursday, June 26, Center presents its annual show of award-winning photography, The Curve. 

  • Art in Review: Photography of Cy Decosse and Van Chu at Verve Gallery

    Two bodies of work on view at Verve Gallery of Photography deal with the natural world using different photographic techniques and resulting in contrasting imagery. 

  • Art in Review — "Feast" at SITE Santa Fe

    The exhibition’s focus is the critical role of food in fostering human interactions in social and political spheres through the simple act of sharing a meal. 

  • Art in Review — Ronald Davis: "Unidentified Floating Objects"

    Ronald Davis: Unidentified Floating Objects, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, 554 S. Guadalupe St., 505-989-8688; through March

  • Art in Review — "Tom Morin: A Life of Art"

    Traditional tribal arts serve as reference points for Tom Morin’s eclectic sculptures. The circular compositions on painted shields of some Native American tribes, many embedded with colors or lines to indicate the four directions, inspired Morin’s Shield series. Morin’s work is made from repurposed materials — specifically, abrasive belts and discs used for sanding and grinding.

  • Art in Review: “Under 35: Part II”

    The four gallery spaces on Zane Bennett’s second floor are given over to these artists, and each is shown to good effect. Garcia’s Inside U Abides series greets viewers in the first room. The central image of each of her monoprints is similar — a free-floating coil horizontally spread across the paper, with triangular forms seeming to enter or emerge from the coil at each end — and conveys mood through color changes.

  • Art in Review — “Dunham Aurelius: Ruminative Figures”

    There is nothing pleasant about the work of sculptor Dunham Aurelius, but that is not to say Ruminative Figures is not a worthwhile show. Far from it. Aurelius has elevated grotesquerie to a high art form, relishing in the roughness of shape and material.

  • Art in Review: “50 Works for 50 States: New Mexico”

    As a recipient of 50 works from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, the New Mexico Museum of Art is in good company: 2,500 pieces from the collection — early works by Minimalists, post-Minimalists, and Conceptual artists — were divided up and given to institutions throughout the country, with 50 works going to one institution in each of the 50 states.

  • Art in Review: Alberto Valdés

    Alberto Valdés (1918-1998) spent most of his life in Los Angeles after moving from El Paso to the East L.A. neighborhood of Boyle Heights at a young age. Throughout his career he avoided publicly exhibiting or selling his work, which has only caught the public’s attention in the past few years.

  • Art in Review: Sandia Lewis

    Sandia Lewis: A Survey of Her Work, Argos Studio and Santa Fe Etching Club, 1211 Luisa St., 505-988-1814; through Oct. 11

  • Art in Review: Colotropia

    Rex Ray: Colortopia, Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Road, 986-9800; through Sept. 29

  • Art in Review: Changing Hands

    Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3/Contemporary Native North American Art From the Northeast and Southeast, Selected Works, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, 983-1777; through December

  • Art in Review: The Art of the Transcendental Painters

    The Art of the Transcendental Painters, Addison Rowe Gallery, 229 E. Marcy St., 982-1533; through Sept. 6

  • Art in Review: Making Places

    Making Places, Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, 982-1338; through Sept. 22

  • Art in Review: "Wanxin Zhang: Warriors of Soul"

    Wanxin Zhang: Warriors of Soul, Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Road, 986-9800; exhibit through Aug. 18

  • Art in Review: Cindy Hickok: Seeing, Sensing, Savoring, and Stitching

    Cindy Hickok uses free-motion machine embroidery as a medium. Her exquisite art-historical images are very ingenious and mostly amusing. Consider A Monday on the Island of La Grande Jatte, a takeoff on Georges Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of 
La Grande Jatte. Other works likewise reference famous paintings, including a series of pieces that parody works of culinary subject matter.

  • Art in Review: Clark Walding: flux

    Clark Walding’s abstractions speak to a variety of relationships between line, shape, and patterning within textured fields of subtle color that often allude to architectural components, if not an indecipherable coding via the artist’s marks.

  • Art in Review: Cumulous Skies

    Cumulous Skies: The Enduring Modernist Aesthetic in New Mexico, Community Gallery, Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 
201 W. Marcy St., 955-6705; through June 7

  • Art in Review: Interwoven

    Interwoven, Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Fine Arts Gallery, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, 473-6500; call for days and times; through Sunday, May 19

  • Art in Review: Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers

    Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers, 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. S.W., Albuquerque, 505-242-1445; through June 1

  • Art in Review: Carlan Tapp

    Carlan Tapp: The China Express, Santa Fe Art Institute,  1600 St. Michael’s Drive, 424-5050; through April 5

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