Santa Fe Art News

- February 14, 2012

“Out of town, far out of town…”

Goya in ABQ 
Last week the Albuquerque Museum opened a show featuring an early first edition of "Los Caprichos," a set of 80 etchings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes published in 1799.  The exhibition also includes other works by Goya, including a few later edition prints from the "Caprichos'' series along with examples from each of Goya's other major series and  also the work of several contemporary artists including Enrique Chagoya, Jason Garcia (Santa Clara), Roger Shimomura, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Flathead, Shoshone).  Like Goya, these exceptional artists all incorporate social commentary and social critique as integral aspects of their work.

The exhibition includes a complete set of 80 etchings. The set is one of four acquired directly from the artist in 1799 by the Duke of Osuna. The collection eventually passed to Pedro Fernandez Duran, a great Spanish collector of the 19th century and a major donor to the Museo del Prado in Spain. His collector's mark appears on all 80 prints in the set. These first edition prints of Goya's "Caprichos'' will be on display at The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History through May 13.

Down La Bajada and much farther west…Palm Springs, in fact

From February 16 to 19, Santa Fe’s David Richard Contemporary will be presenting  a Judy Chicago show, Material Girl, at the first annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair at the Palm Springs Convention Center, during which the artist will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Fair. The show is a retrospective exhibition that provides a glimpse into five decades of the artist’s work in plastics, paper, needlework and glass.

Chicago, an artist, writer, educator and feminist, has explored nearly every artistic medium and communication device to speak on behalf of and create opportunities for women’s voices in the arts. Her multimedia art-making practice has included painting, drawing, sculpting and performing, incorporating a wide range of media. During the first decade of Chicago's career, she worked in a variety of non-traditional media, including sprayed acrylic lacquer on sheets of acrylic as well as blown and painted domes. Throughout much of Chicago’s career, she has made prints, producing more than 100 different works on paper using lithography, serigraphy, heliorelief, etching, aquatint and cast paper. Chicago has also designed for an array of needle and textile techniques and has pioneered combining them with painting and sculpture. Since 2003, Chicago has been exploring the use of cast, fused and painted glass for expressive purposes, conveying a range of human emotions.

Chicago’s intellectual impact has influenced the art world as well as numerous social, political and academic causes. Internationally recognized as a pioneer and defender of the rights of women and others feeling powerless against those with power, she has received much critical acclaim, not only for her artwork, but also for her writing and educational efforts in numerous reviews, publications and through the awards and honorary degrees she has received. Most recently, Chicago’s seminal and groundbreaking work that she produced in the 1970s while living and working in Los Angeles has been included in more than 14 different exhibitions and performances of Pacific Standard Time, the Getty-funded initiative. Ah, my favorite West Coast subject again.