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Louis Catusco, Untitled

Catusco was a pioneer who helped set the stage for a new way of seeing. This early modernist drawing is composed of swirling, circular, interlocking bands of various lengths and widths. The bands are all drawn in ink by drawing (regularly spaced and in irregular lengths) straight horizontal lines within each band. The effect is lively, provocative.

Louis Catusco
A Navy veteran from World War II, Louis Catusco used his GI Bill benefits to study art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in the 1940's. Of all the mystics, poets, eccentrics and visionaries among the Taos Moderns, Louis is the most enigmatic. In 1950 he came to Taos to work with Louis Ribak at the Taos Valley Art School, settling here permanently in 1963. After winning many awards, both local and state, Louis dropped out of the Taos art scene to continue his work in solitude.

Untitled, c. 1985
pen drawing
22" H x 14"W
Gift of Gus Foster