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"Southwest Abstractions of Emil Bisttram"

The West Texas A&M University Art Program and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum jointly present "Southwest Abstractions of Emil Bisttram," an exhibition of the artist’s late-career paintings from the Ladd Collection. Emil Bisttram (1895-1976) was one of the leading painters in the Southwest during the 20th century. His artistic talents were evident at an early age, and he studied at the National Academy of Art and Design and Cooper Union during the period when New York was emerging as the center of the art world and modernism was reaching its ascendency; however, he moved to Taos permanently in 1931. With Raymond Jonson, an abstract painter living and working in Albuquerque, Bisttram founded the Transcendental Painting Group in 1938. Bisttram, Jonson, Agnes Pelton and fellow members believed that color and abstract forms had a universal essence that they explored in their work. This exhibition is drawn exclusively from an extensive collection of Bisttram paintings from the Ladd Family of Amarillo. This is the first time this group of works has been exhibited together in a museum or public setting.

When:

Sept. 21-March 19

Where:

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum CANYON, Texas

More Information:

Phone: 806-651-2244

Website: panhandleplains.org

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