June 27, 2017 Taos, New Mexico

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An Enduring Appeal: The Taos Society of Artists

Galleries: George E. Foster, Jr. Gallery of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and Mandelman-Ribak Gallery
Oscar Berninghaus, "Haytime and Showers," c. 1940, oil on canvas, 35 x 40", private collectionOscar Berninghaus, "Little Joe," 1941 oil on canvas, 30 x 25", private collectionE. Martin Hennings, "Tending the Flock"Kenneth Adams, "Ranchos Church, Moonlight"Ernest L. Blumenschein, "Sandia Mountains," c. 1950, oil on canvas, 21 x 25", private collectionE. Martin Hennings, "The Hunters," lithograph, 15-3/4" x 16-3/8" (framed), gift of Van Deren and Joan Coke in memory of Caroline Lee, collection of The Harwood Museum of ArtOscar E. Berninghaus, "Wood Haulers," woodcut print, gift of David and Carol Farmer, collection of The Harwood Museum of ArtJ.H. Sharp, "Apache Plume," oil on canvas 20 x 24", collection of Stephanie Bennett-Smith and Orin Smith
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Between Montana and Mexico unquestionably there are spots as beautiful as Taos . . . . But to each one of the little group who, a few years ago, organized the Taos Society of Artists there was no other place which lent to them so enduring an appeal.

          - W. Herbert Dunton, "The Painters of Taos," American Magazine of Art, August 1922

In 1915 six artists - Joseph H. Sharp, Bert Geer Phillips, Ernest L. Blumenschein, E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus, and W. Herbert "Buck" Dunton - formed the Taos Society of Artists.  That number would eventually grow to ten, plus three Associate Members.  The Harwood Museum of Art joins institutions and organizations throughout Taos in celebrating this centennial with an exhibition of paintings, prints and drawings by members of the Taos Society of Artists.

The roots of The Harwood Museum of Art are intertwined with those of the Taos Society of Artists.  Burt and Lucy Harwood studied painting in Paris at around the same time as future Taos Society of Artists Members Joseph H. Sharp, E.L. Blumenschein, and Bert G. Phillips.   On the advice of Blumenschein, the Harwoods left France and made Taos their home in 1916.  In 1923, at the invitation of Lucy Harwood, Taos Society of Artists Members Bert Phillips and Victor Higgins both joined the Harwood Foundation's first Board.  In 1924 The Harwood Museum of Art - then known as the Harwood Foundation - held its first art exhibition, providing an important venue for work by Taos Society of Artists members.  And members of the Harwood Foundation's 1925 "Art Committee" included Taos Society of Artists Members E.L. Blumenschein, Walter Ufer, E.I. Couse, and W. Herbert "Buck Dunton.

An Enduring Appeal: The Taos Society of Artists will present work by the ten full Taos Society of Artists members:  Joseph H. Sharp, Bert Geer Phillips, Ernest L. Blumenschein, E. Irving Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus, W. Herbert "Buck" Dunton, Kenneth Adams, Victor Higgins, E. Martin Hennings, and Walter Ufer.  The exhibition will include work from The Harwood Museum of Art's collection as well as rarely seen works of art gathered from private collections.