A post-impressionist master gets his day in the sun
Lesser-known German artist and filmmaker Hans Paap (1890-1967) followed in the post-impressionist footsteps of painters like Van Gogh and Gauguin, but with a more exaggerated and distorted style.
"Although we can only speculate, there are few notable life experiences that influenced Paap's work," says Director of Nedra Matteucci Galleries Dustin Belyeu. "The death of his first wife in Argentina … led to Paap's focus on portraiture and landscape painting. It was when he arrived to Taos in the 1920s, where he was handed endless subject matter that pertained to the people, culture and landscape of the town."
Paap arrived in the US after spending time in South America, and he toured extensively across the Southwestern US, painting the people of the territories, particularly Taos Pueblo's inhabitants and other neighboring Native Americans. Belyeu says Paap found the allure of Taos' mythologized art colony irresistible. And though he never found the same level of notoriety as some of his contemporaries, he did carve out his own niche.
"While Paap's work falls under two primary genres—landscapes and portraiture—[his] style is influenced by late impressionism," Belyeu tells SFR. "When he arrived in the states around 1928, he combined a naturalistic approach with backgrounds of color fields and abstract patterns."
Paap's work intimates his enjoyment of plein air sessions and the act of giving the world around him his own unique twist. Imagery is recognizable, though Paap's abstractions provide a clearer idea of how he specifically observed the land and people around him. The upcoming Matteucci exhibit provides a chance to see why Belyeu believes he remains a "largely overlooked" artist.
"Viewers can connect to the bygone era of nearly 100 years ago, when the region's artists and creatives were coalescing into a force that would change the course of American art history," Belyeu says.
It's heartening that Paap will finally receive some local recognition for his methods and body of work. His material shows -excitement and curiosity for his second home, even if that recognition comes so long after his death.
From Taos and Beyond: The Art and Odyssey of Hans Paap:
4 pm Saturday Nov. 9. Free.
Nedra Matteucci Galleries,
1075 Paseo De Peralta,
In this, the year 2019, it's just so effing passé to sit around worrying about gender and how the peoples of the world express their identities. A shift has come and is evolving, and if you don't want to get left on the ash heap of history, you'll consider how truly unimportant gender norms and their absurd societal implications can be. Start 'em young at the Gender Creative Playgroup at the Southside branch of the Santa Fe Public Library. It's a safe space for youths of all ages and their folks to play, mingle and otherwise topple the patriarchal assumption that our genitalia forever defines us. Plus there are books and people who have the experience to tell you more. (Alex De Vore)
Gender Creative Playgroup:
2-4 pm Sunday Nov. 10. Free.
Santa Fe Public Library Southside,
6599 Jaguar Drive,
We're big fans of writer Ariel Gore over here, so when we heard she's got a little something new planned for an event at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse, we were kind of like, "Oh, heck yes." Gore is perhaps best known as the author of 2017's We Were Witches, and with her new work, Hexing the Patriarchy—the tagline for which reads "A magical guide to subverting manboy power, one spell at a time,"—Gore adds some much needed levity to a challenging topic. Plus, if you read the last pick, you know we're all about sticking it to the man this week. Gore helps: Find her and become obsessed ASAP. (ADV)
Ariel Gore: Hexing the Patriarchy:
6 pm Tuesday Nov. 12. Free.
Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse,
202 Galisteo St.,
Do Big Pharma, Big Tech, and "positivity" thinking have you feeling like a puppet on a string? There's art to help you process: The Love that Would Not Die, a locally-produced episodic puppet musical-movie that wowed audiences in the first two installments with richly detailed dolls and sets and a raucous, sardonic story of people tricked into becoming zombies by an immortality pill. The third installment comes this Saturday, along with a screening of the first two episodes, and full disclosure: Due to her previous coverage and status as a major fan, SFR's own Julia Goldberg has a small role in the production. (Cole Rehbein)
The Love that Would Not Die 3: Mary K Pop:
7-9:40 pm Saturday, Nov. 9. $15.
Jean Cocteau Cinema,
418 Montezuma Ave.,