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Read It: Picture This

May 23, 2007, 12:00 am

Artistic influence from home.


By Suzan Campbell and Suzanne Deats
Fresco Fine Art Publications ($85)
Painting the New Mexico landscape brings about as much diversity in artistic expression as the land itself has to offer. From abstract to impressionist to realistic, 59 artists take a look around New Mexico for inspiration. Page Coleman uses reds and yellows to illuminate the skies, while Valerie Graves' focus lies on the wild horses that graze in pastures. Each painting in Landscapes of New Mexico: Paintings of the Land of Enchantment gives a unique look at the rivers, mountains, plains and skies that trap thousands of tourists into returning year after year. There is no limit to the imagination, and each artist's interpretation of the land we see every day forces a new appreciation of the diversity that makes New Mexico so visually enchanting.

By Gerald Norland, Mark Lavatelli and Charles Strong
Museum of New Mexico Press ($50)
During his time in New Mexico, Richard Diebenkorn threw himself into his Albuquerque surroundings and, like many artists, found influence in place. His works are not the landscapes of so many artists, but instead dark oil and ink drawings that suggest a growing city in isolation. The Albuquerque of the 1950s inspired Diebenkorn to use the familiar tans, pinks and reds so prevalent in paintings of the area. His interpretation of these shades, however, creates modern paintings that could be of any place in any time. For Diebenkorn, Albuquerque was a unique place that fit into his larger world like the final piece of the puzzle. While most retrospectives of Diebenkorn's work focus on his time spent in Berkeley or Paris, Richard Diebenkorn in New Mexico celebrates his early career and the work that shot him into the forefront of abstract expressionism.


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