Raymond Jonson

Raymond Jonson, Polymer No. 30 (detail, 1970), acrylic on masonite

Addison Rowe Fine Art Gallery, 229 E. Marcy St., 505-982-1533, addisonrowe.art

Take a virtual tour of Addison Rowe and see newly acquired works by the influential artist and educator Raymond Jonson (1891-1982). A founding member of the Transcendental Painting Group, Jonson was a leading abstractionist in American Modernism. He used nonobjective painting as a way of exploring the spiritual in art. Born in Iowa, Jonson studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and the Chicago Art Institute. In 1913, he attended the Armory Show in New York, where he first encountered the work of Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky and other avant-garde artists. The influence of Kandinsky’s work is evident throughout his career. Jonson made a permanent move to New Mexico in 1924. He began teaching art at the University of New Mexico in the mid-1930s and founded the Jonson Gallery on the campus in 1950. The virtual tour is available on the gallery’s website. The exhibit runs through July 15.

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