From the Back Cover:
One of the best-kept secrets of the art world is that important
center of postwar modernism-Taos, New Mexico. This book on the
modern artists of Taos reveals the ways in which the community
became an important crossroads in modern abstract painting, a place
where the influences of Europe merged and blended with the East and
West Coasts of the United States.
Known collectively as the Taos Moderns, this postwar generation of
artists included the notables Andrew Dasburg, Thomas Benrimo, Agnes
Martin, Edward Corbett, Beatrice Mandelman, Ted Egri, Clay Spohn,
John DePuy, Cady Wells, Earl Stroh, Oli Sihvonen, Louise Ganthiers,
Robert Ray, and Louis Ribak. These and other Moderns reshaped the
conservative Taos art center of western-scene romantic art into a
center of American modernism that fully abstracted from nature. A
new era had begun.
With forty beautifully reproduced color plates and many
blackand-white photographs, this important book reveals exactly how
the Southwest landscape acted on big-city influences and why this
period is recognized as a significant part of American art history.