Summer 2012

The Prints of Gustave Baumann
(May 18 - December 30, 2012)

Organized by the New Mexico Museum of Art, The Prints of Gustave Baumann centers around the artist's printmaking process.  This exhibition includes a series of prints and opaque watercolor studies that illustrate Baumann's mastery of the woodcut printmaking method; a sequence of blocks the artist carved and used to produce the print Spring Blossoms; and a series of seldom seen color woodcut prints depicting the rugged coast and mammoth trees of Northern California that round out the exhibition. 

Born in Magdeburg, Germany in 1881, Gustave Baumann immigrated to the United States with his family in 1891 where they established a home in Chicago.  At age sixteen, shortly after his father left the family, Baumann became an apprentice at a commercial print studio and began taking evening classes in drawing and design at the Art Institute of Chicago.  By 1903, the artist had established his own commercial art studio and, in 1905, he returned to Germany to study for a year at Munich's Kunstgewerbe Schule (School of Arts and Crafts).  While there, Baumann surveyed wood carving and the graphic arts, in particular the art of relief printmaking from Hans Neumann and Maxamilian Dasio.  Returning from his studies, Baumann resumed his work in Chicago and in Brown County, Indiana, where he perfected his woodcut technique.

The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in San Francisco included a showing of artists' prints, where Baumann received his first significant national recognition by winning a gold medal for his color woodcut prints.  With the encouragement of artist Walter Ufer, Gustave Baumann spent the summer of 1918 in Taos, New Mexico.  On route back to the East Coast at the end of that season, Baumann stopped in Santa Fe.  While there, the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts curator at that time, Paul Walter, arranged for living expenses and studio space for Baumann, located in the newly opened art museum.  Thus began the artist's enchantment with New Mexico, and Santa Fe in particular.  

Gustave Baumann became an integral part of the Santa Fe arts community, living there until his death in 1971.  It is Baumann's timeless images depicting Southwestern landscapes and regional traditions of New Mexico that are his best known.    

Old Santa Fee  Procession

Gustave Baumann (American, 1881-1971)
Old Santa Fe, 1924
Color woodcut, 6 x 7 in.
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Photo by Blair Clark

Gustave Baumann (American, 1881-1971)
Procession, 1930
Color woodcut with aluminum leaf, 14 1/2 x 14 in.
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Photo by Blair Clark

Summer Shadows  Summer Clouds

Gustave Baumann (American, 1881-1971)
Summer Shadows, 1916-1917
Color woodcut, 9 1/2 x 11 in.
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Photo by Blair Clark

Gustave Baumann (American, 1881-1971)
Summer Clouds, 1925
Color woodcut, 10 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.
© New Mexico Museum of Art
Photo by Blair Clark


Best Impressions:  Modern & Contemporary Prints from the Collection
(May 18-August 26, 2012)

This exhibition provides an overview of many post-war aesthetic styles, including photo realism, op art, and the expressionism of the 1980s.  Selected with an eye to quality, the prints onview demonstrate the strength of the museum's modern and contemporary print holdings.  Included artists range from Chuck Close and Judy Pfaff to Richard Anuszkiewicz and Jacob Lawrence.  All works come from the collections of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Bosman Volcano   lichtenstein

Richard Bosman (American, b. 1944)
Volcano, 1989
Woodcut, 43 1/2 x 30 in.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1994.04.PR

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997)
American Indian Theme III, 1980
Woodcut, 35 x 26 3/4 in.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1996.02.PR
©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein


British & Modern:  Art by the Bloomsbury Group and Their Contemporaries
(May 18-August 26, 2012)

Paintings and drawings by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, and others working in the United Kingdom in the early twentieth century are shown in this interesting exhibition featuring works from the Cornell's collection.


Roger Fry (American, 1866-1934)
Study of Vanessa Bell Reading, 1912
Oil on board
18 1/2 x 21 1/2 in.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 2000.01.09.P


A Room of One's Own:  Women Artists from the Permanent Collection
(May 18-August 26, 2012)

This exhibition features paintings by Grandma Moses and Jennie August Brownscombe; prints by Georgia O'Keeffee, Faith Ringgold, and Nancy Graves; and three-dimensional work by Anna H. Huntington and Jennifer Bartlett.  All come from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum Collection.


Faith Ringgold
(American, b. 1930) 
Tar Beach 2, 1993
#10/10, woodcut
12 x 11 in.
Cornell Fine Arts Museum 1995.27.PR
Faith Ringgold©1993