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Art of Space — Soul-ar design: Artist and architect William Lumpkins

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Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 5:00 am

A 1937 abstract painting is among a trove of more than 150 works on paper by William Lumpkins that were recently released by his estate and are available at Matthews Gallery. None of the watercolors, serigraphs, and felt-tip-pen drawings by the late architect and artist have been seen before by the public.

The pieces have been kept by Lumpkins’ son, Will Lumpkins of Albuquerque. He had worked at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, “so my dad knew I knew about taking care of art prints. When he decided to simplify his studio storage, he picked out the pieces that he wanted me to archive at home.” Lumpkins, who died in 2000 at 90, didn’t want his son to put the prints on the market until Will was at least 70. The artist wanted to be sure his son’s artistic concept “was mature enough to where I didn’t have to mimic him.” 

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3 comments:

  • Matthews Gallery Posts: 2

    Great anecdote, Stephen! Bill was truly a remarkable man and artist. We hope to see you at the opening tonight!

     
  • Matthews Gallery Posts: 2

    Excellent article, Paul! Thanks so much for the anecdote, Stephen. We hope to see you tonight!

     
  • Stephen Fox posted at 7:27 am on Fri, Apr 18, 2014.

    stephenfox Posts: 6

    What a wonderful and well written story on one of the great minds of New Mexico! I knew Bill very well, and always enjoyed his stories about things long gone, especially the one about getting caught in a flash flood with Peter Hurd while driving from the Ruidoso area to Santa Fe! He was a gentle, scholarly, gracious, and generous high intellect, one who made Santa Fe and all of who knew him richer in spirit. I hope many will see this show at Matthews gallery, and once again, great article by Paul Weideman.

     
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