"A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings" at Philbrook

Jun 9, 2016

On this edition of ST, we welcome back to our studios Catherine Whitney, the Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa. Philbrook is offering a fascinating new show -- on view through August 28th -- entitled "A Place in the Sun: The Southwest Paintings of Walter Ufer and E. Martin Hennings." These two American artists, as Whitney tells us, had over-lapping careers that more or less blended modernism and regionalism, with both men creating vivid paintings that are often associated with the so-called "Taos school." And further, from the Philbrook website: "Walter Ufer (1876-1936) and E. Martin Hennings (1886-1956) were among hundreds of foreign students who attended Munich art academies from 1910 to1915. Both painters ultimately established themselves in the New Mexican village of Taos, where they found their primary subjects in the Native American and Hispanic peoples and the inspiring landscape.... Ufer and Hennings attempted to create a distinctly American art, adapting the principles of their Munich training to their everyday subjects of the Southwest during the period between the [world] wars."