From the Permanent Collection: Taos Society of Artists
The Taos Society of Artists (TSA) was an organization of artists founded in Taos, New Mexico, in 1915 by Joseph Henry Sharp, E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus, W. Herbert Dunton, Ernest Blumenschein, and Bert Phillips. The group sent traveling exhibits of their work across the United States, exposing audiences to new cultures, new visions, and a new landscape. These marketing efforts put Taos "on the map" for art and tourism, making it one of America's most important art colonies.
Select paintings from Taos Art Museum's permanent collection by members of the Taos Society of Artists are featured in the study on the first floor of the Fechin House and the master bedroom on the second floor. To learn more about the Taos Society of Artists, please visit this web page.
Sun Patterns, Dark Canyon:
The Paintings and Aquatints of Doel Reed (1894-1985)
On view May 24 - Aug. 28, 2022 in the Fechin House
Sun Patterns, Dark Canyon explores the art and career of the highly successful twentieth-century American printmaker and painter Doel Reed (1894-1985). Reed is best known today as a Southwestern artist and “master of the aquatint;” his conservative yet modernist approach to the New Mexican landscape found a ready audience among curators and collectors during his lifetime. Reed
began summering in the Taos artists’ colony starting in the 1940s and permanently moved to New Mexico in 1959. The mountainous topography, geology, and history of New Mexico were an endless source of inspiration to
Reed. This exhibition brings attention to this significant but understudied artist and demonstrates how Reed was both influenced by and contributed to national and international artistic trends over his long and prolific career. The rich and varied American landscapes of the Midwest and Southwest were his primary sources of inspiration. Included in the exhibition are over sixty works of art by Doel Reed and his contemporaries.
Sun Patterns, Dark Canyon was organized by Oklahoma State University Museum of Art and curated by Dr. Rebecca Parker Brienen.