Thor­oughly mod­ern mas­ter

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In 1975, the gover­nor of New Mex­ico des­ig­nated April 7 as Emil Bist­tram Day, hon­or­ing the eightyyear-old Taos artist who was a co-founder of the Tran­scen­den­tal Paint­ing Group and in­flu­en­tial in es­tab­lish­ing the small town as a cen­ter of mod­ernism. “True art is not spon­ta­neous,” Bist­tram said in an in­ter­view that year. “There’s noth­ing ‘free’ about art. One has to set lim­i­ta­tions. Oth­er­wise, all is chaos in art and in life as well.” That sense of or­der and har­mony can be seen in all of the artist’s com­po­si­tions, whether land­scapes, fig­u­ra­tive work, or ab­stract pieces. Ad­di­son Rowe Gallery cel­e­brates the iconic Taoseño with an ex­hi­bi­tion that spans his 50-year ca­reer. Emil Bist­tram Day 2015 opens on Fri­day, April 10. On the cover is Un­ti­tled Ab­strac­tion , circa 1940; cour­tesy Ad­di­son Rowe Gallery.

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