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Rare exhibit by Harry Nadler at Stables Gallery

Works by Abstract Expressionist artist returned to New Mexico where he spent the bulk of his career

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 9/11/19

Acclaimed New Mexico-based abstract expressionist Harry Nadler (1930-1990) will be featured in a rare exhibition at the Stables Gallery of the Taos Center for the Arts, 133 Paseo del …

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Rare exhibit by Harry Nadler at Stables Gallery

Works by Abstract Expressionist artist returned to New Mexico where he spent the bulk of his career

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Acclaimed New Mexico-based abstract expressionist Harry Nadler (1930-1990) will be featured in a rare exhibition at the Stables Gallery of the Taos Center for the Arts, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Nadler was a prolific artist who produced paintings, drawings and prints during his career in California, New York and finally in New Mexico, where he was a popular professor of painting at the University of New Mexico and where he studied printmaking at the Tamarind Institute.

Major works of his hang in the Guggenheim Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts and Cincinnati Art Museum, among other prominent collections.

Nadler exhibited widely during his career. He was represented by important galleries in New York City, in particular. In 1971, he exhibited three paintings in the Le Bain Turc d'Ingres show at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, alongside those of Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg and others. Several New Mexico institutions boast works by Nadler, including the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque Museum in Albuquerque, and the Fine Arts Museum in Santa Fe.

Helen Nadler, the artist's widow, has until recently kept his collection in Tiverton, Rhode Island, where she relocated after he died. She continued to show his work on the East Coast, but has now decided to return it to New Mexico, where he had spent the bulk of his career and had made fast friends with other New Mexico artists, according to a press release.

This is the first time that a significant group of his works will be shown in the state, almost 30 years after his death. The exhibition traces his career from his days as a young bohemian artist in Greenwich Village to his later years living and working between Amagansett, New York, and Albuquerque.

In the 2005 catalog for a posthumous show at the David Findlay Gallery in Washington, D.C., Nicolai Cikovsky -- former professor at the University of New Mexico and curator of American and British Paintings at the National Gallery of Art -- called Nadler's oeuvre a "beautiful and deeply intelligent body of work by one of the last century's strongest abstract painters."

The Stables Gallery will exhibit a biographical selection of Nadler's work today through Sunday (Sept. 12-15), from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., or by appointment.

A friends and family reception will be open to all Friday (Sept. 13) at 6 p.m. at the gallery. In addition to the paintings, unframed drawings and prints reflecting the phases of his career will be offered at below market value, a rare opportunity for art collectors.

For more information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

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