Highlights From the Collection

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

Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 – 2002)
Señor de Papantla (The Man from Papantla), 1934 – 1935
Gelatin silver print, edition 6/100
10 x 8 inches
Gift of Frederick and Elizabeth Myers
© Asociación Manuel Álvarez Bravo AC / © Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo SC

Guess What?

Manuel Alvarez Bravo (1902-2002), one of Mexico’s best-known photographers from the twentieth century, is recognized as a master of photographic modernism. His closely observed photographs picture ordinary Mexicans, their rural traditions and urban progress. He mined these subjects for symbolic meaning, often matching carefully composed images with enigmatic titles.

There are several photographs by Bravo in University of New Mexico Art Museum’s permanent collection, including Señor de Papantla (The Man from Papantla) taken in 1934. Bravo expertly conveyed the individuality of his subjects while exploring aesthetic ideas, which frame photography as an expressive art form. In this example, Bravo photographed the man’s entire body head on, illuminating his clothing, possessions, posture and facial expression. At the same time, he plays with diagonals – including intermittent shadows cast on the wall, the man’s side swept hair, even his gaze looking sharply to the right – to activate the composition.

Two additional photographs by Bravo, including a dramatic image of a striking worker murdered on the street (also from 1934), are currently on view in the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Her Photos through December 2, 2017. Bravo first met Rivera in 1929 and photographed murals by him, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco for the magazine Mexican Folkways.




March 2017’s Highlight

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


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

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

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

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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