Kenneth Adams (1897-1966)

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Kenneth Adams (1897-1966) signatureIn 1924, Kenneth Adams followed Dasburg’s advice, settling in Taos with an introduction to Ufer.  He became the youngest and last member of the Taos Society of Artists, but he was more than a duplicate of the original members’ emphasis on the romantic Indian. Adams was contemporary realist, influenced by Dasburg and working in the tradition of Rivera and Orozco.

Technically conservative, Kenneth Adams was nevertheless concerned with the daily lives of his agrarian neighbors.  In 1929, Adams began teaching at the University of New Mexico in Taos. The dominant subjects in his work became the Spanish Americans and landscapes. In 1938, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his work by 1950 was devoted to nudes, portraits, and still life, while his summer subjects in Taos were flowers, the Indians and the rural Spanish Americans.


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