Mary Calkins, En Todo El Mundo II
The rich history and cultural influences of New Mexico fuel a creative synergy expressed in various ways. Among these is the distinctive Pueblo-style architecture of the region. In this gallery, the architecture is sometimes the subject of the artwork. In other instances, it is the backdrop against which subjects drawn from culture and nature are foregrounded.
Inspired by the harmony sought between Pueblo-style buildings and their natural surroundings, nature photography and abstract landscapes capture the dramatic environs of the state.
Various forms of abstract art proliferated in the mid-20th century – in terms of both nonrepresentational images and conceptual approaches to art. The nonrepresentational art in this gallery reflects different traditions of abstraction. There are works that explore geometric forms and lines, and those that emphasize the expressive. Decorative works featuring abstracted forms and rich color invoke folk art.