Painting & Sculpture

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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.

<b>Lodovico Lipparini</b> (Italian, 1800 – 1856); <i>Cain and His Family Fleeing from God’s Wrath</i>, 1837; Oil on canvas; 83 x 64 inches; Gift of Andrew Ciechanowiecki; © UNM Art Museum; Photo by Damian Andrus.

Lodovico Lipparini (Italian, 1800 – 1856); Cain and His Family Fleeing from God’s Wrath, 1837; Oil on canvas; 83 x 64 inches; Gift of Andrew Ciechanowiecki; © UNM Art Museum; Photo by Damian Andrus.

<b>Luis Tapia</b> (American b.1950); <i>Our Lady of Sorrows</i>, 1992; Wood, paint, nails; 17 x 13 ¾ x 10 inches; Purchased with funds from the Friends of Art; © Luis Tapia; Photo by Damian Andrus

Luis Tapia (American b.1950); Our Lady of Sorrows, 1992; Wood, paint, nails; 17 x 13 ¾ x 10 inches; Purchased with funds from the Friends of Art; © Luis Tapia; Photo by Damian Andrus

<b>Unidentified artist</b>, (Hemba Culture, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)); <i>Mask (Soko mutu)</i>, n.d., 20th C; wood; 6 ¼ x 5 ¼ x 2 5/8 inches; Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art; © University of New Mexico Art Museum; Photo by Margot Geist

Unidentified artist, (Hemba Culture, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)); Mask (Soko mutu), n.d., 20th C; wood; 6 ¼ x 5 ¼ x 2 5/8 inches; Gift of the Mulvany Family Collection of African Art; © University of New Mexico Art Museum; Photo by Margot Geist

<b>Bridget Riley</b> (British b.1931); <i>Hidden Squares</i>, 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

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

<b>Georgia O’Keeffe</b>  (American, 1887 – 1986); <i>Grey Hill Forms</i>, 1936; Oil on canvas; 21 3/8 x 31 3/8 inches; University of New Mexico Art Museum, from the Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe; Image Courtesy of the UNM Art Museum, from the Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe; © UNM Art Museum; Photo by Damian Andrus

Georgia O’Keeffe  (American, 1887 – 1986); Grey Hill Forms, 1936; Oil on canvas; 21 3/8 x 31 3/8 inches; University of New Mexico Art Museum, from the Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe; Image Courtesy of the UNM Art Museum, from the Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe; © UNM Art Museum; Photo by Damian Andrus

<b>Jan van de Velde III</b> (Dutch, 1620 – 1662); <i>Still Life</i>, 1654; Oil on wood panel; 13 7/8 x 11 ¾ inches; gift of Mr. Jacob Polak; 68.6; © University of New Mexico Art Museum; Photo by Damian Andrus

Jan van de Velde III (Dutch, 1620 – 1662); Still Life, 1654; Oil on wood panel; 13 7/8 x 11 ¾ inches; gift of Mr. Jacob Polak; 68.6; © University of New Mexico Art Museum; Photo by Damian Andrus

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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