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Small works on paper often do well in an intimate setting such as the Harwood's gallery for Prints, Drawings and Photographs where the Museum presents changing exhibitions from the permanent collection as well as exhibitions of work on loan.

Drawing and printmaking have had a long and distinguished history in the Taos community. The Museum collection includes important examples by some of the earlier artists including Howard Cook, Joseph Imhof, who brought the first lithography press to Taos, Gene Kloss, Nicolai Fechin, and Walter Ufer.

The post World War II period of the Taos Moderns is represented by the works of Tom Benrimo, Andrew Dasburg, Earl Stroh, and Louis Ribak, while drawings and prints by Larry Calcagno, R.C. Ellis, Ken Price, Joe Waldrum, Vija Celmins, Wes Mills, and Bill Gersh document the work of more recent artists.

TitleDateArtistSorted AscendingClassificationDimensions
La Sombra en el campanario de la morada en Chacon1983-1985Harold Joe Waldrum
Harold Joe Waldrum (1934-2003)
print Overall: 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
La Sombra del canalon de la iglesia de San Miguel en El Valle1983-1985Harold Joe Waldrum
Harold Joe Waldrum (1934-2003)
print Overall: 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
La Sombra de la campana de la morada de los cuatro en Abiquiu1983-1985Harold Joe Waldrum
Harold Joe Waldrum (1934-2003)
print Overall: 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
La Sombra y la cruz negra de la capilla de la Sangre de Cristo en Cuartelez1983-1985Harold Joe Waldrum
Harold Joe Waldrum (1934-2003)
print Overall: 20 x 20 in. (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
Spring Thaw #1c. 1940Dora Kaminsky
Dora Kaminsky (1909-1977)
Dora Kaminsky was born in 1909 in New York City, and entered the Educational Alliance Art School for gifted children at the age of eleven. This was the first stage for a life of education, travel, art, and privilege. She went on to study at the Art Students League of New York. In the 1930’s she traveled and studied extensively throughout Europe. Her adventures took her from Paris and Vienna to Munich and Stuttgart Germany. To earn money for art supplies she would pose for artists and sculptors. She was a staff member of the Brooklyn Museum for three years, and worked as an arts and crafts counselor for summer camps. One of her major contributions to the arts was to help create The National Serigraph Society in 1943, an organization she was a member of for thirteen years.

In 1944 she headed out west to a place she had heard of called Taos. Her first visit was just for the summer in which time she created over 70 watercolor paintings and drawings. Dora would return every other summer until moving here permanently in 1954, and in the summer of 1955 she traveled to and maintained a studio in Delphi Greece. In 1956 and 1957 she was awarded a Wurlitzer Foundation grant, she produced many serigraphs during this time. Her travels also took her to Hawaii where she did many pastel drawings of ocean life.

Upon returning to Taos she would meet and marry the famous Russian painter Leon Gaspard in 1958. After his death in 1964 she would remain on his estate and promote his work, arranging two memorial exhibitions, one at the West Texas Museum in Lubbock Texas, and at the New Mexico Museum in Santa Fe. Dora continued her travels to exotic areas of the world in1972 and ’73 she visited Ethiopia, India and Ceylon.

Dora’s art style ranged from realism to abstractions, and her medium choices were just as varied, from oil and watercolor paintings to ink and pastel drawings as well as serigraph prints and collage’s. Her life was “extraordinarily active and broad in scope”, much like the artwork she created. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Honolulu Academy of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles as well as here at the Taos Art Museum. Interested in bridging the gap between world cultures, her artwork has become “meaningful human documents, relating to one another.”
print Overall: 14 9/16 x 20 1/16 in. (37 x 51 cm)
Coconut Grove1932Howard Cook
Howard Cook United States (1901 - 1980)
print Overall: 9 7/16 x 13 in. (24 x 33 cm)
New Hudson Bridge1932Howard Cook
Howard Cook United States (1901 - 1980)
print Overall: 17 1/8 x 12 5/8 in. (43.5 x 32 cm)
Untitled1980Ronald Davis
Ronald Davis (b. 1937)
print Overall: 22 7/16 x 15 3/16 in. (57 x 38.5 cm)
Mystery Horse at Taos1978Fritz Scholder
Fritz Scholder (1937 - 2005)
print Overall: 14 15/16 x 22 3/8 in. (37.9 x 56.9 cm)
Man, The Slave of Machinesc. 1939Helen Greene Blumenschein
Helen Greene Blumenschein United States (1909 - 1989)
Helen Blumenschein was the daughter of nationally famed parents, Ernest and Mary Blumenschein. In 1919 at the age of ten she was brought by her parents from New York to New Mexico, destined with them to pioneer the arts and crafts movement of Taos. Miss Blumenschein stressed that her development as an artist was devoid of parental influence other than the strong family creative atmosphere.

A lifetime deep interest in people, ecology and archaeology is evident in Miss Blumenschein’s dominant work subjects, which depict the mountainous southwest in which she lived most of her life. Her schooling included Taos Schools, The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York; two years study in Paris and printmaking work at the Art Student League in New York City from 1932-36.

She exhibited prints nationally and abroad from 1936-1945 and has had prints purchased by the Carnegie in 1951, New York CityPublic Library, and the New Jersey Library. Some of her selected one-person shows of portraits include Oklahoma City ArtCenter and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

From her arrival in Taos as a small child, driven from the railroad at Raton on the Colorado border by her father, who barely made it over the steep pass, Blumenschein’s work is vital in scope and history.

print image: 11 1/4 × 9 1/16 in. (28.6 × 23 cm)