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The line dividing one era from another often cannot be defined precisely. The decades of the sixties and seventies witnessed the death of people who had once been of great significance to the Taos art community and the arrival of new persons who would become so. Mabel Dodge Luhan died in 1962 and when Andrew Dasburg, Emil Bisttram, and Dorothy Brett died during the 1970s, the living connection to the earliest decades of the art community passed into history. Artists new to Taos would make strong artistic statements about the region or probe the contemporary barriers of the art world.

The catalysts for the early 1970s influx of artists was the arrival of Dennis Hopper in 1970. After shooting the movie Easy Rider, Hopper stayed in Taos and made the rough cut for the film. He eventually bought the Mabel Dodge Luhan house and has stated that his guest list rivaled that of Mabel's as many artists, musicians and Hollywood personalities made frequent visits to Taos. Contemporary artists such as Ken Price and Larry Bell, followed by Ron Cooper and Gus Foster, moved permanently from Los Angeles in the 1970s, while others such as Lee Mullican and Larry Calcagno spent part of each year in Taos.

Price, who had a rising reputation as a sculptor/ceramicist when he arrived in November of 1971, soon embarked on a monumental project that was eventually known as Happy's Curios. In the spring of 1978 the entire installation was shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Harwood Museum is indeed fortunate to have one of the larger pieces (Death Shrine 1) from Happy's Curios as a major work on extended loan to its contemporary collection.

The Harwood's contemporary collection also includes retrospective collections of 18-20 works by Larry Calcagno and R.C. Ellis, both of whom arrived in Taos through Wurlitzer Foundation grants.

In recent years, many artists from both the East and the West Coasts with well established art careers have chosen to spend part of each year working in Taos or the surrounding northern New Mexico area, thus continuing the strong connection in Taos with the national and international art worlds. The Harwood Museum has served a major role as a venue for exhibiting contemporary art and for focusing attention on many of the major artists who have worked or are working in northern New Mexico.

Artist: Kevin Cannon
Title: Pins
Date: 1996
Medium: painted leather
Dimensions: 15 1/2" x 26"x 14"
Kevin Cannon United States (b. 1948)
http://www.kevincannon.com/bio.html
and
Originally from New York, the artist studied art and music at City College of New York before traveling in Europe, Spain and Morocco. He then worked with a group of craftsmen in New York where his continued exploration in leather as a material lead him to pursue harness-and-saddle in the early 1970’s and inspired him to head West.
It was in 1978 that Kevin Cannon found his way to Taos, New Mexico. There he developed an interest in ceramics while working as assistant to the renowned West Coast ceramist and printmaker, Ken Price. The hand-sewn leather objects he had been crafting became small box/objects beautifully made, with colored interiors and handles.
After moving to back New York City in 1983 the artist had several gallery shows of his small scale geometric "figures" made from molding wet leather around a wooden form. Finely crafted, the burnished and polished leather has the appearance of ceramics or wood, even bronze, and invites close scrutiny and wonder. During this time he was an NEA recipient and continued to exhibit the work in New York City, Los Angeles,
San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago and Houston as the scale became larger and the surfaces more intriguing. In 1990 he returned to Taos where he now lives and works.
In 1996 independent curator Jan Adlmann included Kevin Cannon’s work in the show, "Contemporary Art In New Mexico", at SITE Santa Fe. Cannon’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Harwood Museum in Taos, and the Albuquerque Museum, to name a few.

Citation: http://www. www.artnet.com
1996
Kevin Cannon
Artist: Lee Mullican
Title: Portrait
Date: 1988
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 29 7/8"x 24 7/8"
Lee Mullican (1919 - 1998)
Chickasha, OK

Dates in Taos: early 1970's
1988
Lee Mullican
Artist: Ronald Davis
Title: Red Bevel Hinge, 2002
Date: 2002
Medium: acrylic on PVC
Dimensions: 17 3/4" H x 17 5/8"W
Ronald Davis (b. 1937)
2002
Ronald Davis
Artist: Kevin Cannon
Title: Reverse Tetra Maquette
Date: 1994
Medium: painted leather
Dimensions: 3 3/4" x 4"W x 3 3/4" D
Kevin Cannon United States (b. 1948)
http://www.kevincannon.com/bio.html
and
Originally from New York, the artist studied art and music at City College of New York before traveling in Europe, Spain and Morocco. He then worked with a group of craftsmen in New York where his continued exploration in leather as a material lead him to pursue harness-and-saddle in the early 1970’s and inspired him to head West.
It was in 1978 that Kevin Cannon found his way to Taos, New Mexico. There he developed an interest in ceramics while working as assistant to the renowned West Coast ceramist and printmaker, Ken Price. The hand-sewn leather objects he had been crafting became small box/objects beautifully made, with colored interiors and handles.
After moving to back New York City in 1983 the artist had several gallery shows of his small scale geometric "figures" made from molding wet leather around a wooden form. Finely crafted, the burnished and polished leather has the appearance of ceramics or wood, even bronze, and invites close scrutiny and wonder. During this time he was an NEA recipient and continued to exhibit the work in New York City, Los Angeles,
San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago and Houston as the scale became larger and the surfaces more intriguing. In 1990 he returned to Taos where he now lives and works.
In 1996 independent curator Jan Adlmann included Kevin Cannon’s work in the show, "Contemporary Art In New Mexico", at SITE Santa Fe. Cannon’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Harwood Museum in Taos, and the Albuquerque Museum, to name a few.

Citation: http://www. www.artnet.com
1994
Kevin Cannon
Artist: John DePuy
Title: River Flow
Date: 2007
Medium: pen and watercolor
Dimensions: 21 7/8" H x 29 3/4" W
John DePuy (b.1927)
2007
John DePuy
Artist: Charles R. Strong
Title: Rocky Mountain Study #1
Date: 1960
Medium: work on paper tempera & pastel on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 25 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (65.4 x 50.2 cm)
Charles R. Strong United States (United States, 1938 - 2013)
1960
Charles R. Strong
Artist: Charles R. Strong
Title: Rocky Mountain Study #2
Date: 1960
Medium: work on paper tempera & pastel on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 25 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (65.4 x 50.2 cm)
Charles R. Strong United States (United States, 1938 - 2013)
1960
Charles R. Strong
Artist: Ronald Davis
Title: Six-Ninths Red
Date: 1966
Medium: Molded polyester resin, fiberglass, wood
Dimensions: Overall: 72 x 131 in. (182.9 x 332.7 cm)
Ronald Davis (b. 1937)
1966
Ronald Davis
Artist: Alexandra Benjamin
Title: Slow Lines
Date: 2002
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 51" H x 39 1/2" W ; Canvas size: 51" H x 39 1/2" W
Alexandra Benjamin
On the Board for the Mandelman-Ribak Foundation
2002
Alexandra Benjamin
Artist: Eric Orr
Title: Solar Fountain
Date: 1983
Medium: Vapor deposited on glass
Dimensions: 16" H x 20" W
Eric Orr United States (United States, 1939 - 1998)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Orr
1983
Eric Orr