New Mexico Moderns features a selection of paintings from the Donald L. and Julia B. Graf Collection.
Modernism in New Mexico centers around Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque from the beginning of the twentieth century until the end of the 1970s. These works represent an artistic era marked by abstraction, experimentation, and inspiration from the light, land, and cultures of New Mexico.
Modernist artists came to New Mexico as early as 1916, when the Taos Society of Artists and The New Mexico Painters were in their heyday. Modernism grew with the foundation of the Museum of New Mexico in 1917, where realists and abstractionists showed side by side. New Mexico attracted the avant-garde with the arrival of New York socialite Mabel Dodge (later Luhan), who invited several noted East Coast modernists to visit the state. These artists further established the region as a source of unfettered creativity and encouraged more artists to move to the region.
Credit: Overview from museum website