On loan from a private collection in Santa Fe, Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection examines the relationships between various artworks made in the 20th-century. Some connections are made through the formal elements while others are forged through subject matter. Often they are emotional and the intersections are reflected in the mood of the work. At times, it seems as if the works were created in tandem and not decades apart.
The special thing that happens when these intersections are made is that new insights are born. We begin to question our own assumptions about art. For example, what is Modern Art? What is Western Art? Traditional thought has held these styles can never meet, when in reality they do, often. In particular we discover that art is boundless—it cannot and should not always be confined to the typical art historical categories. We are reminded that art communicates, and the messaging changes depending on what company it is keeping.
Modernist Intersections: The Tia Collection features work by John Baldessari, T.C. Cannon, Maynard Dixon, William Eggleston, Helen Frankenthaler, Alice Neel, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and many more.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website