Journey to the Origin of Images: New Book on Aby Warburg’s 1890s Trek to the Southwest Gives New Insights
Southwest Contemporary
by Natalie Hegert
3d ago
A new book from Hatje Cantz, The Snake and the Lightning: Aby Warburg’s American Journey, enlivens the German art historian’s trek to the Southwest in 1895-96. Aby Warburg, at left, dressed in what one art historian describes as cowboy attire, with one of the Hemiskatsina dancers in Oraibi, 1896. Public domain. On April 21, 1923, the German art historian Aby Warburg stood before an assembly in the dining hall of a mental institution in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, where he was a patient. His audience consisted of fellow troubled minds and the doctors tasked with repairing them, along with a numbe ..read more
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Art Santa Fe Returns For its 24th Edition
Southwest Contemporary
by Roman Aragón
4d ago
Santa Fe’s only contemporary art fair features more than seventy local and global galleries and artists showcasing hundreds of artworks, July 12–14, 2024. Art Santa Fe 2024 July 12–14, 2024 Santa Fe Community Convention Center Art Santa Fe returns for its 24th edition from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, featuring extraordinary art from around the world, specially curated programming, special events, and entertainment. As one of the opening events for Santa Fe’s weeklong Art Week, Art Santa Fe provides the perfect experience for collect ..read more
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Between Sky and Spirit: Aleya Hoerlein’s Artistic Voyage through Abstract Realms
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by Jordan Eddy
4d ago
Raised on art and transcendental meditation, Taos-based artist and collectivist Aleya Hoerlein paints beyond this world. Aleya Hoerlein painting en plein air. Photo: Olga Nazarova for apparel designer Raquel Allegra. Courtesy Olga Nazarova. Aleya Hoerlein is a semi-abstract painter based in Taos, New Mexico, whose work intricately weaves the vast landscapes surrounding her with the spiritual influences of her upbringing. The region’s mountains, mesas, storms, and vibrant sunsets lend themselves well to metaphors of transcendence. In Hoerlein’s unique approach, concrete and metaphysical spaces ..read more
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The Railyard Art Project Presents Kathleen Wall’s Activating Oga Po’ogeh Land Acknowledgment
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by Roman Aragón
6d ago
Kathleen Wall’s new installation merges art and community engagement, prompting deep reflection on place and Indigenous histories. On view at the Santa Fe Rail Trail through August 31, 2024. Kathleen Wall, Activating Oga Po’ogeh Land Acknowledgment, installation view, 2024. Courtesy Railyard Park Conservancy, Santa Fe. Activating Oga Po’ogeh Land Acknowledgment by Kathleen Wall on view through August 31, 2024 Santa Fe Rail Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico Bringing community engagement to installation art, Kathleen Wall’s Activating Oga Po’ogeh Land Acknowledgment creates space for the public to thi ..read more
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100 Years of the Springville Museum of Art’s Living Archive, the Spring Salon
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by Jordan Eddy
1w ago
Growing from the halls of a high school to the walls of its own museum, storied exhibition series the Spring Salon helped transform a small Utah town into “Art City.” Spring Salon unveiling assembly circa 1925. Courtesy Springville Museum of Art. The 2024 Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art received 1,450 submissions to its annual show, breaking their own record—and it makes sense, because this is a big year. Despite its home in a tiny corner of Utah County south of Provo, with a population of just over 35,000, the Springville Museum of Art carries an impressively expansive collectio ..read more
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Drawn in Dust: Museums Across Utah Showcase Art Made in Japanese American Incarceration Camp
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by Jordan Eddy
1w ago
While incarcerated in a remote camp in the Utah desert, a circle of World War II-era Japanese American artists founded an art school.  Miné Okubo, Wind and Dust, 1943, opaque watercolor on paperboard, 19 x 24 in. Collection Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase. MOAB, UT — Museums across Utah are reflecting on the dark history of Japanese American incarceration camps in the state by showcasing a collection of art created by prisoners detained at the Topaz War Relocation Center in Delta, Utah. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the federal government incarcerated o ..read more
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Colorado Lawmakers Dedicate Millions to Arts Infrastructure in Post-Pandemic Rebound
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by Jordan Eddy
1w ago
At the tail end of a legislative session—and after years of stagnant arts funding—Colorado legislators approve $16 million tax credit, $2 million in additional funding. The Breckenridge Arts District is one of 30 creative districts across the state. With new legislative funding and tax incentives to entice developers, lawmakers are betting on the state’s creative industries. Photo: Joe Kusomoto. Courtesy Joe Kusomoto Photography. DENVER, CO—More space and funding for Colorado’s creative industries are on the horizon following a multimillion-dollar boost from state lawmakers during this year’s ..read more
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Suddenly Somebody: Carmen Herrera I’m Nobody! Who Are You? at SITE Santa Fe
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by Natalie Hegert
1w ago
In canvases and sculpture created during the last years of her life, Carmen Herrera, an under-sung hero of minimalism and abstraction, receives further attention. Carmen Herrera, I’m Nobody! Who are you?, installation view, SITE Santa Fe, 2024. Photo: Zach Chambers. Carmen Herrera: I’m Nobody! Who are you?March 1–September 15, 2024 SITE Santa Fe In 2016, the Whitney Museum of American Art presented artist Carmen Herrera’s first museum retrospective. Recently, Lisson Gallery in New York showed an exhibition of Herrera’s paintings on paper, while an exhibition of Herrera’s sculpture at Parrish A ..read more
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Southwest Art News: June 2024
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by Jordan Eddy
1w ago
The arts community goes head-to-head with a sports magnate in Salt Lake City, and other recent Southwest art news headlines. Sports magnate Ryan Smith posted this sports-centric rendering of downtown Salt Lake City on X, commenting, “Our efforts are not about an arena, it’s about revitalizing a downtown that desperately needs investment.”News In Downtown Salt Lake City, Arts and Sports Communities Debate Demolition of Arts Complex A multibillion-dollar bid to reshape the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, sparked fierce debate following murky statements about the future of the Utah Museum of Conte ..read more
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The New Mexico Museum of Art presents Off-Center: New Mexico Art
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by Roman Aragón
2w ago
Experience the landmark exhibition showcasing thirty years of New Mexican culture and community, as seen through the lens of talented artists. On view June 8, 2024–May 4, 2025, in Santa Fe. David Bradley, El Farol: Canyon Road Cantina, 2000, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of James and Margie Krebs, 2005 (2004.2.7). Copyright David Bradley. Photo: Blair Clark. Off-Center: New Mexico Art, 1970-2000 June 8, 2024–May 4, 2025 New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary, Santa Fe Prepare to be transported through the kaleidoscopic landscape of New Me ..read more
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