IN­TER­PRET­ING LIFE Col­lec­tor’s Fo­cus: Fig­u­ra­tive

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at a gallery in Cal­i­for­nia and learned that he had been brought up only a few miles from the Arnot and had won a Scholas­tic Art Award there when he was in high school.

Works came into the col­lec­tion be­cause of the grow­ing recog­ni­tion of the RR ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing Wade’s stun­ning Nude with Painted Screen. It had been pur­chased by a cou­ple who bought pri­mar­ily non-ob­jec­tive art. The hus­band loved the paint­ing. The wife didn’t. Shortly af­ter her hus­band died, she do­nated it to the mu­seum.

Many of the artists in the ex­hi­bi­tions have grown in their ca­reers, con­tin­u­ing to pro­duce fine rep­re­sen­ta­tional art. Oth­ers have changed di­rec­tions. One of those is Diana Moore whose mon­u­men­tal con­crete heads and life-size car­bon steel sculp­tures first caught my eye at Al­lan Stone Gallery. Diana is never afraid of ex­per­i­ment­ing or work­ing with dif­fi­cult ma­te­ri­als. We bor­rowed her car­bon steel Ath­lete for one of the ex­hi­bi­tions. The strength of the ath­lete, a con­tem­po­rary Greek god­dess, was em­pha­sized by the car­bon steel. We loved it even as we cursed try­ing to lift it up onto its base af­ter the winch stuck a foot from its goal.

I went to an open­ing here in Santa Fe and saw col­or­ful, small, ae­rial land­scapes by “Diana Moore” but was sure it couldn’t be the same Diana Moore. I was wrong. Diana had de­cided she was through with fig­u­ra­tive work and, in­spired by the view from air­plane win­dows, she be­gan to ex­per­i­ment with ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques to pro­duce her Earth Etch­ings in For­ton MG, a mod­i­fied gyp­sum.

Speak­ing of Santa Fe, Stu­art Chase, who was then di­rec­tor of the Rock­well Mu­seum of West­ern Art in nearby Corn­ing, New York, and is now ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Mon­terey Mu­seum of Art in Cal­i­for­nia, asked me

3Wade Reynolds, Nude with Painted Screen, 1992, oil on can­vas, 48 x 48". Arnot Art Mu­seum, Elmira, NY. Gift of Betty G. Young, 2003.4Diana Moore, Ath­lete, 1995, car­bon steel, ed. 2, 75 x 22¼ x 14". Cour­tesy Win­field Gallery, Carmel, CA.

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