BEAUTIFUL DISINTEGRATING OBSTINATE HORROR DRAWING and Other Recent Acquisitions and Selections from the UNM Art Museum’s Permanent Collection

On view in the Jonson Gallery
September 13 – December 20, 2014
with an opening reception, Friday, September 12, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*

Curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker

“Beautiful Disintegrating Obstinate Horror Drawing” and Other Recent Acquisitions and Selections from the UNM Art Museum’s Permanent Collection features highlights from the UNM Art Museum’s significant collection of over 30,000 works of art, the largest public art collection in New Mexico. Presenting works by many noted artists, including Clinton Adams, Dawoud Bey, Richard Diebenkorn, Margaret Evangeline, Damien Hirst, Robert Hudson, Raymond Jonson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Hung Liu, Beatrice Mandelman, Liliana Porter, Louis Ribak, Andy Warhol, and Jean Xceron, amongst others, the exhibition inaugurates the museum’s Jonson Gallery as a permanent collection gallery.

Featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper, such as the Damien Hirst work, Beautiful Disintegrating Obstinate Horror Drawing referenced in the exhibition’s title, the presentation foregrounds the strength of the museum’s collection and introduces a selection of notable recent acquisitions. Among the recent additions are the collection’s first ancient sculptural work, large-scale Andy Warhol prints from the 1980s, and contemporary photographic works by Dawoud Bey and Margaret Evangeline. The exhibition also features highlights of the museum’s modernist painting collection, including recent acquisitions by Taos modernists Bea Mandelman and Louis Ribak, gifted to the museum by the Mandelman-Ribak foundation.

*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum

Margaret Evangeline (American, b.1943); JFK On Emergency Blanket, 2013 (detail); Digital print on gold emergency blanket; 86 x 59 inches; Gift of Ann Tanenbaum; Photo courtesy of the artist and Stux Gallery, NYC; © Margaret Evangeline.

Margaret Evangeline (American, b.1943); JFK On Emergency Blanket, 2013 (detail); Digital print on gold emergency blanket; 86 x 59 inches; Gift of Ann Tanenbaum; Photo courtesy of the artist and Stux Gallery, NYC; © Margaret Evangeline.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987); Queen Ntombi, 1985; from the series Reigning Queens (Royal Edition); Screenprint and diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board; 39 ⅜ x 31 ½ inches; Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987); Queen Ntombi, 1985; from the series Reigning Queens (Royal Edition); Screenprint and diamond dust on Lenox Museum Board; 39 ⅜ x 31 ½ inches; Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Hung Liu (b. 1948 in China, currently lives and works in California); Butterfly Dreams: Thinking, 2011; Nine color lithograph, gold leaf and chine collé; 44 ⅛ x 30 inches; The Tamarind Archive Collection; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque; © Hung Liu.

Hung Liu (b. 1948 in China, currently lives and works in California); Butterfly Dreams: Thinking, 2011; Nine color lithograph, gold leaf and chine collé; 44 ⅛ x 30 inches; The Tamarind Archive Collection; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque; © Hung Liu.

Main Image:
Raymond Jonson (American, 1891-1982); Cloud Forms and Mesas No. 3, 1928 (detail); Oil on Canvas; 44 x 33 inches; Bequest of Raymond Jonson, Raymond Jonson Collection, University of New Mexico Art Museum; © The Raymond Jonson Collection, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque; Photo by Margot Geist/UNM Art Museum.