Arturo Chávez, Neapolitan Cliffs (Acantilados napolitanos), 2011. Oil on linen on panel. Museum purchase with funds provided by Western Art Associates and J. M. Kaplan Fund, New York.
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The Muse of New Mexico

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The Muse of New Mexico explores vibrant and diverse works inspired by the dramatic landscapes of New Mexico and the Southwest.

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ABOUT THE INSTALLATION

New Mexico has long been a magnet for artists and writers. They drew inspiration from the state’s desert landscapes and from the culture, experiences, and artwork of Indigenous peoples from the northern New Mexico pueblos of Nambé, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Tesuque, and Taos.

Artists worked in styles ranging from representational to modern, crafting realist studies and expressive stylistic experiments, all grounded in a vibrant connection to place. Drawn from the Phoenix Art Museum Collection, The Muse of New Mexico features works by artists who were allured to the Southwest, with some making the region their permanent home, including Carlos Vierra, Agnes Martin, Arturo Chávez, and Robert Henri, among others. This influx of artists helped establish the region as a significant creative center, with New Mexico’s sensational landscapes prominently showcased throughout this time.

The installation is also presented in conversation with the visiting exhibition, William Herbert “Buck” Dunton: A Mainer Goes West.

Carlos Vierra, Summer Rain (Lluvia de verano), c. 1920s. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase and gift of the Carl S. Dentzel Family Collection, by exchange.

(Above) Carlos Vierra, Summer Rain (Lluvia de verano), c. 1920s. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase and gift of the Carl S. Dentzel Family Collection, by exchange. (Header) Arturo Chávez, Neapolitan Cliffs (Acantilados napolitanos), 2011. Oil on linen on panel. Museum purchase with funds provided by Western Art Associates and J. M. Kaplan Fund, New York.

INSTALLATION SPONSORS

The Muse of New Mexico is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund, including Circles of Support and Museum Members.

EXHIBITIONS

On view for a limited time, exhibitions present art from across the centuries and the globe, from iconic fashion to Old Master paintings, contemporary photography to historical objects of Asia.

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COLLECTIONS

Featuring more than 20,000 objects, the collection spans the globe, bringing the world to our city, and our city to the world.

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ARIZONA ARTIST AWARDS

Since 1986, Phoenix Art Museum has awarded more than $350,000 to over 200 Arizona-based artists through two annual artist awards opportunities.

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