Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

CHANGING VIEWS.(Journal North Venue)

Byline: Drawing From Life DOTTIE INDYKE For the Journal

The Cline Fine Art show may alter opinions about landscapes

Recently I was talking to Albuquerque painter Frank McCulloch, who won a Governor's Award for the Arts in 2001. He commented that many galleries consider "landscape" a dirty word.

I'm familiar with the snobbery and am occasionally guilty of it. While I have no trouble understanding why artists are inspired by our fine northern New Mexico scenery, I sometimes wonder whether the world needs one more landscape painting.

A visit to Cline Fine Art and a look at the pieces in their "Century of New Mexico Landscape" show was a pleasant reminder of how distinctive such work can be. Contrast Louis Ribak's late 1940s portrait of the Rancho de Taos church, with its dark, shrouded figures, and Emil Bisttram's 1955 depiction of the same, all light and sharp shadows. …

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