Highlights From the Collection

The UNM Art Museum is the largest fine art collection in New Mexico.  Look for a new gem each month.

Melanie Yazzie (Diné, b. 1966)
Winter in Albuquerque, 2011
29-1/2 x 39-7/8 inches
Gift of Shaurya Kumar
© Melanie Yazzie, Image Courtesy of Geistlight Photography


Guess What?

Navajo painter and printmaker Melanie Yazzie creates artwork that intentionally follows the Diné mandate to “walk in beauty.” Yazzie travels the world to collaborate with artists working in many different indigenous traditions, from New Zealand to Russia, the Arctic Circle to the American Southwest. Her work blends a mix of traditional Navajo symbolism with a distinct personal vocabulary of semi-abstract motifs.

This monotype, entitled Winter in Albuquerque, demonstrates Yazzie’s use of natural imagery and a dreamlike, organic color palette. Created during one of the artist’s visits to New Mexico, the piece blends silhouetted forms of drifting sea turtles, perhaps from Yazzie’s time in New Zealand, with more local imagery of corn stalks, pine fronds, and bighorn sheep.

Winter in Albuquerque is an excellent example of the monotype printing process, in which each impression creates a single, unique image. To see more examples of work created by the monotype process, visit the UNM Art Museum to view the exhibition The Painter’s Hand: The Monotypes of Adolph Gottlieb, as well as the community installation Call and Response, featuring local artist Heidi Pollard.





February 2017’s Highlight

Andrea Vicentino (Italian, c. 1542 – 1617)
The Judgement of Solomon, c. 1580
Oil on canvas
22 x 37 inches
The Albert A. Anella Collection in memory of Mia Anella

January 2017’s Highlight

D. Wilson
Parasite of Pig, c. 1855
Albumen photomicrograph
10 x 7-1/2 inches
Museum purchase

December 2016’s Highlight

David Hare (American, 1917 – 1992)
Thirsty Man, 1946
31 x 12 x 7 inches
Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, with matching funds from the UNM Foundation, and the Friends of Art
© The Estate of David Hare, courtesy Weinstein Gallery

Novemeber 2016’s Highlight

Gerald Laing (British, 1936 – 2011)

Skydiver VIII, 1964
Oil and graphite on canvas
116-1/4 x 96 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Findlay
© Estate of Gerald Laing, Image Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

October 2016’s Highlight

Clinton Adams (American, 1918 – 2002)
Tamarind Institute (American, established Albuquerque, 1970)
Triad III, 1980
Color lithograph
The Tamarind Archive Collection
©The University of New Mexico Art Museum

September 2016’s Highlight

Kenneth Adams (American, 1897 – 1966)
Church at San Antonito, 1934
Oil on canvas
29-1/2 x 40 inches
Acquired through the Works Projects Administration (WPA) of the Federal Government

August 2016’s Highlight

Oli Sihvonen (American, 1921 – 1991)
Dialogue Spring, 1964 – 1965
Oil on canvas
72 x 52 inches
Museum purchase
© The Estate of Oli Sihvonen

July 2016’s Highlight

Nuestra Senora del Refugio (Our Lady of Refuge)
Mid-19th century
Paint on tin
13-1/2 x 10 inches
Gift of C. Andrew Sutherland in memory of Angia Rosa Sutherland

June 2016’s Highlight

Betty Hahn (American, b. 1940)
Untitled (woman in green house), 1972
Gum bichromate with colored thread embroidery on fabric
Purchase through the Julius L. Rolshoven Memorial Fund

May 2016’s Highlight

Unknown Maker, Bactrian Culture
Seated female figure, 2300 – 1600 BCE
Carved stone (most likely calcite and steatite)
Gift of Bernard F. Pracko II

April 2016’s Highlight

Utagawa Toyokuni III (Japanese, 1786 – 1865), attributed to, Samurai Holding a Sword, 1864, Color woodblock print, Gift of the Mandelman-Ribak Foundation, 2008.3.15

March 2016’s Highlight

Unknown photographerUntitled (Émile Zola photographing a doll, Verneuil-sur-Seine), c. 1897, printed c. 1975, Gelatin silver print, 3 x 2-1/8 inches, Gift of Jean Adhémar, 76.47

February 2016’s Highlight

Patrick Nagatani (American, b. 1945), Fin de Siècle, Bat Flight Amphitheater, Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, from the series Nuclear Enchantment, 1989, Chromogenic print on Ilfocolor Deluxe paper, edition 2/24, 17 x 22 inches, Museum purchase, Julius L. Rolshoven Memorial Fund, 90.35.2, © Patrick Nagatani, Image courtesy of the Artist

January 2016’s Highlight

Julius L. Rolshoven (American, 1858-1930), The Chief (Pablo Suazo), c. 1918, 91-3/4 x 50 inches, Gift of Mrs. Julius L. Rolshoven, 64.25

December 2015’s Highlight

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887 – 1986), White Flowers, 1926, Oil on canvas, 12 x 32 inches, Gift from the Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe, 87.21.2

November 2015’s Highlight

John Loengard (American, b. 1934), O’Keeffe’s Hand with Stone, 1966, Gelatin silver print mounted to card stock, 10-3/8 x 15-7/8 inches, Gift of Ray A. Graham III, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 2007.34.49, © Time, Inc.

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