The Yellowstone Art Museum is honored to be included in the tour of the Tia Collection’s New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics & Modernists in the West. This is our second collaboration with the Tia Collection. This exhibition focuses on Taos area artists who began to experiment with interpreting the West through a modern lens. Like the early Montana Modernists, these artists pushed boundaries, adapted new ways of thinking and seeing, and found their own version of place-based Modernism. Many had national influence and a direct impact on our own region.
The exhibition’s artists include Joseph H. Sharp, who set up a studio on the Crow Agency, not far from Billings, Montana. John Marin and John Sloan directly influenced Montana Modernist Isabelle Johnson. Post-Impressionist, Jozef Bakos, like Johnson, strove to imbue his paintings with an emotive quality that went beyond pictorial landscape. They expressed the harsh realities of their often hostile environment in a manner that is not only visually stunning, but evokes the feeling of sublime space.
The Tia Collection has assembled tremendous examples of well-known Taos and Santa Fe painters and lesser-known New Mexican painters. We are grateful to the Tia foundation and thrilled by the opportunity to share these treasures with our patrons.
Deborah Anspach & Dr. John Hanson
Charles M. Bair Family Trust