About Santa Fe New Mexico

Written by Abby Luttrell
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If you're interested in contemporary art, you'll want to learn about Santa Fe, New Mexico. Both Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico became magnets for artists in the 20th century. The combination of stark, white adobe architecture, Southwest charm, and stunning blue skies and mountain vistas brought visual artists to New Mexico from all over the country.

Resident Artist Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe is New Mexico's most famous resident artist. She was inspired by the beauty of the Sangre de Christo mountains. Many of her paintings feature landmarks from Taos, New Mexico and nearby Abiquiu.

Museums around and about Santa Fe, New Mexico reflect this confluence of artistic expression. Santa Fe is home to the Museum of Fine Arts, just west of the Plaza, as well as the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. It is also home to over 100 art galleries as well as the Santa Fe Opera.

Other seminal artists of the early twentieth century such as Alfred Stieglitz, D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Edward Hopper and Ansel Adams have created artworks about Santa Fe and New Mexico. The beautiful terrain of Taos and the surrounding mountains are in the paintings of Ernest Blumenschein and Bert Phillips, the founders of the modern Taos art community. The Fechin Institute in Taos showcases the work of Russian artist Nicolai Fechin, who was inspired by New Mexico in his many woodcarvings, paintings and charcoal drawings.


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