Taos Artists Beyond, 02/2018

Janet Webb – February 13, 2018

The February 2018 edition of BeyondTaos’s series about Taos artists exhibiting “beyond” features three women artists (all are in current The Harwood Collection: Work by Women exhibition) and one male artist. Agnes Chavez presents a light projection piece in Guadalajara, Mexico. Annell Livingston and Nicki Marx are both preparing for Santa Fe exhibitions. Larry Bell is showing glass at Hauser & Wirth in Zurich. Enjoy the luscious photos of their artwork.

Agnes Chavez  

(x)trees at Second Annual GDLuz Light Festival
Catedral de Guadalajara, February 14-17, 2018

Agnes Chavez, (x)trees on Guadalajara Cathedral, February 14, 2018, courtesy of the artist

New Mexico artist/educator, Agnes Chavez and projection artist, Joe Abraham Dean have been invited to project the (x)trees in Guadalajara as part of the U.S. Arts Envoy Sister City initiative. (x)trees is a video projection that will generate a forest of dynamically growing trees on to the Guadalajara Cathedral. The tree branches are generated from messages collected from participants of the Sister City initiative between Albuquerque and Guadalajara, capturing the collective spirit of the two countries through text messages. Branch by branch the trees form and the messages from each branch are displayed for a fleeting moment. The (x)trees represent our universal connection to each other through nature and technology.

Sister Cities International is hosting its first-ever U.S.-Mexico Sister Cities Mayors Summit in Guadalajara February 15-16, 2018. Designed to promote grassroots citizen diplomacy and the concept of cross-border, city-to-city collaboration in the 21st century, the summit will address themes related to immigration, innovation, economic integration, trade, and security. Agnes will be projecting the (x)trees for the summit luncheon as a way to underscore the power of art and technology to act as cross-cultural communication tools and binding agents between cities. Follow (x)trees in Guadalajara on Facebook!

Agnes Chavez and Jared Tarbell, (x)trees v. 3, Buenos Aires 2011

Agnes Chavez is the founder of the STEMarts Lab and cofounder of The Paseo Project outdoor arts festival in Taos.


Nicki Marx

The Elan Series at Gerald Peters Gallery Santa Fe
March 2-31, 2018
Opening Reception: March 2, 5-7:00pm

Nicki Marx, Élan Series no. 17 (detail), 2017, golden and lady amherst pheasant feathers, 24 x 24

The artist says of her work: “My work is a personal celebration of life and an exploration of natural materials. The process of working is for me a ritual, a dance, a prayer of thanksgiving and a plea for survival. I believe that our culture is sorely lacking in meaningful ritual and celebration and is lacking a deep, respectful awareness of nature.” The Elan Series to be shown in this exhibition is made of sand, acrylic paint and feathers on plywood.

Nicki Marx has maintained a studio in Taos since 1985.

Nicki Marx, Élan Series no. 18, 2017, goose and golden pheasant feathers, 24 x 24″

Annell Livington

Two-artist exhibition with Karen Bexfield at Winterowd Fine Art, Santa Fe
March 16-29, 2018
Reception with Artists: Friday, March 16, 5-7pm

Annell Livingston, Fragments #238, 2017 Acrylic on canvas
Annell Livingston at Harwood Museum

The gallery describes the artist’s work: “Annell Livingston’s hard-edged horizontal, vertical, and diagonal gridded paintings are filled with a multitude of hand painted gouache shapes. The abstract works offer a lively balance between the geometric and organic as variances of value and hue subtly shift through rigid linear compositions.”

Annell Livingston is a native of Houston and has lived in Taos since 1994.


Larry Bell

Larry Bell Venice Fog: Recent Investigations at Hauser & Wirth Zurich
January 19 – March 3, 2018

Larry Bell, VFZM 4, 2017, Laminated glass, 4 panels Cornflower Blue glass: 12 x 16 x 1/4 in, 4 panels Zinc glass: 12 x 8 x 1/4 in, courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth has represented Bell in Los Angeles, New York and London but this is his first exhibition in the Switzerland gallery. The gallery’s website describes the sculpture on exhibit:

‘Venice Fog: Recent Investigations’ is an exhibition of new laminated glass works with colour combinations inspired by the marine fog which rolls into Venice CA, the location of Bell’s studio since the early 1960s. Large cubic glass works will showcase Bell’s interpretation of the luminosity created by the dispersion of water in the fog intermingling with the lights of Los Angeles’ desert plain. The structure presented is based on one Bell originally introduced in 1992 in an outdoor commission for the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and features a four-paneled structure within a larger version of itself. This sculpture allows two colours to be fused together through reflection and refraction.

While these monumental works occupy and transform Hauser & Wirth’s 2nd floor space in the Löwenbräu, they will be accompanied by a series of 1:6 small-scale maquettes of the same structure. In turn, the sculptures will animate and be animated by the natural light coming in through the gallery’s wall of windows; the varying conditions at different times of day repeatedly altering visitors’ experience of the works.

Bell’s understanding of the potential of glass and light allows him to expand visual and physical fields of perception, and his sculptures to surpass traditional bounds of the medium. The exhibition presents true examples of Bell’s glass work mastery, as the sculptures appear material yet immaterial, hard yet ethereal, transparent yet saturated with a myriad of fleeting hues.

Larry Bell, VFZ 3, 2017, Laminated glass, 4 panels True Sea Salt glass: 72 x 96 x 0.5 in, 4 panels Hibiscus glass: 72 x 48 x 0.5 in, courtesy Hauser & Wirth
Larry Bell, VFZ I, 2017, Laminated glass, 4 panels True Sea Salt glass: 72 x 96 x 0.5 in, 4 panels Blush glass: 72 x 48 x 0.5 in. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Larry Bell has maintained a studio and home in Taos since the early 1970s. He also has a studio in Venice, California.

*Take a look at Taos Artists Exhibit Beyond Part I, posted in February 2016, Part II, posted in June 2016 and Part III, November 2016 and Part IV in April 2017. Taos artists are everywhere.

A note to all Taos artists: please let me know (editor@beyondtaos.com) about your exhibits outside of Taos – where, when, and what you’re showing. I find it amazing how many of you quietly work in this community then take the work to other cities for exhibition and sale. It’s a testament to the creative inspiration of this Place.




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