Painting & Sculpture
The University of New Mexico’s permanent collection includes many significant works of modern and contemporary painting and sculpture as well as collections of historic European and Spanish Colonial paintings, retablos, and polychrome wood sculpture, as well as African sculpture. Paintings by many noted artists with New Mexico connections such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Diebenkorn, Agnes Martin, and Frederick Hammersley, are represented in the collection, as are works by renowned artists from the East and West Coasts, and from Europe including Bridget Riley, Robert Ryman, Joan Brown, and Bruce Connor. Historic paintings in the collection span the 15th century to the 19th century and include works by Antiveduto Grammatica, Juan Correa, Jan van de Velde III, and Lodovico Lipparini. among others.
The museum’s sculpture collection includes significant works of 20th century bronze and steel sculpture by artists such as Alexander Archipenko, Gaston Lachaise, David Hare and Mark di Suvero. The collection also includes contemporary sculpture in a variety of media by artists such as Luis Tapia, Luis Jiménez, Donald Judd, John Chamberlin, and Katharina Fritsch.
Bridget Riley (British b.1931); Hidden Squares, 1961; emulsion on board; 36 ¼ x 36 ¼ inches; Gift of Vernon Nikkel, Clovis, New Mexico, in memory of Frank F. Nikkel, Anna Zielke Nikkel, Ruth Nikkel, Irene Nikkel Hutchinson, Martha Nikkel Critelli, and Ralph Jacob Critelli; © Bridget Riley 2013. All rights reserved, courtesy Karsten Schubert, London; Photo by Margot Geist