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“The Ugly And The Sublime!”

New Mexico Museum of Art
Ranked #19 of 270 things to do in Santa Fe
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Owner description: Art lovers will delight in Santa Fe's many famous painters and photographers.
Kalispell, Montana
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589 reviews
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“The Ugly And The Sublime!”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We were appalled by the upstairs gallery of "art on a shoestring"…blops of water color on lined tablet paper, two chunks of wood, blank paper. Ok, so art is successful if it evokes emotion…we've heard that before. I certainly HOPE the museum did not spend a penny on that particular gallery exhibit.

The Goya exhibit is another thing. To have such a large exhibit of original drawings by Goya and other famous Spanish artists is a special privilege for this museum. Whether you love or hate the art of Goya, you can at least see the fabulous talent it took to complete these drawings, most of which are preliminary drawings for huge murals that ended up in fabulous museums, churches and public buildings throughout Spain.

To compare the same size little scrap of paper, say 4" x 4" or something the size of tablet paper…between the results of Goya and his contemporaries and the self important results upstairs is ridiculous. But then again, "If it evokes emotion, it is successful". The upstairs exhibit must then be...ridiculously successful. Oh by the way, there are other galleries within the museum that are interesting as well.

Visited December 2013
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New Mexico
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“GOYA in New Mexico!”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

On a recent trip to Santa Fe we were delighted to know there was a show of Goya prints showing at this museum-AND the day were were there-it was free! Even if you do not find it free-it's worthwhile to visit. Renaissance to Goya is ONLY being shown in New Mexico-no where else-so GO See IT! Also included in the museum is great architecture, artworks from 50 states and other works by New Mexico artists, contemporary and historic. BUT don't take any photos inside-bad visitor!

Visited December 2013
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159 reviews
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“Excellent art museum”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

This adobe styled museum is in the block next to the historic plaza and contains exhibits of both sculpture and iconic photography. You can visit this and the New Mexico History Museum with a combination pass.

Visited November 2013
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Sedona, AZ
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“Skip it!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Smal, uninteresting,but expensive. If you just got to go don't take the docent tour. Lasts for ever and is boring.

Visited November 2013
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La Plata, Maryland
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

I expected much better coverage of the Taos art colony than you get from the permanent exhibition here. Instead they give such a broad overview, including prehistoric and Indian art right up through contemporary works, that it feels shallow and unsatisfying. The special exhibition of photography from four (?) different collectors just didn't hang together at all. I could find no reason the works were chosen, visually or conceptually. I did like that the special exhibition about horses in New Mexican art featured labels and commentary from two curators. Artworks weren't especially impressive though. The historic building is just stunning, especially the courtyard and it's murals.

Visited October 2013
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