New Mexico Museum of Art

Museum Hosts Panel Discussion About Catalogue of Gustave Baumann Woodcuts

November 06, 2019


(Santa Fe, New Mexico) --- The New Mexico Museum of Art will host a panel discussion about In A Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann, A Catalogue Raisonné by Gala Chamberlain, with essays by Nancy E. Green and Thomas Leech, and a foreword by Martin Krause.  The catalogue was published September 24, 2019 by Rizzoli Electa. The New Mexico Museum of Art panel discussion on the making of the book, moderated by Kate Nelson, will be held at the Museum of Art, Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. Panelists include Gala Chamberlain, Nancy E. Green, Martin Krause, Thomas Leech, and David Skolkin.

In A Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann, A Catalogue Raisonné will be available for purchase at the New Mexico Museum of Art Shop on the day of the event.


Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time: Panel discussion: 1 p.m.  to 2:30 p.m. Book signing: 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 West Palace, Santa Fe, NM

Ticket Information: $10 per person for panel discussion. Advance tickets can be purchased at Tickets also available at the door beginning at noon, cash only.

Ticket sales support the Museum’s education and exhibition programming.

About the panelists: 

Gala Chamberlain has worked at the Annex Galleries for forty years and is co-owner with her husband, Daniel Lienau. The gallery has represented the Baumann estate since 1973 and Gala worked on the Baumann catalogue raisonné for the past thirty-five years. Ann Baumann asked her to be her successor trustee in 2006 and Gala has served as the Trustee of the Ann Baumann Trust since Ann’s death in 2011. The Ann Baumann Trust also provided funding for the 2014 publication Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artists Cards from Holidays Past, funding for the exhibition, Gustave Baumann in California, and funding for the Gustave Baumann Symposium 2018.

Nancy E. Green is the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints and Drawings, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, where she has worked for over thirty-three years. Author of several award-winning publications including Arthur Wesley Dow and His Influence; Susan Rothenberg: Prints and Drawing; Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony; A Room of Their Own: Bloomsbury Art in American Collections; and, most recently Japan America: Points of Contact, 1876-1970, she is currently working on an exhibition that examines the revolution in teaching art at the turn of the last century.

Thomas Leech is the Curator of the Press at the Palace of the Governors, and has more than 40 years’ experience in printing, papermaking, and related book arts. He was a recipient of the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and under his direction the Palace Press received the Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design and the Edgar Lee Hewett Award from the New Mexico Association of Museums. He is co-author of Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past, and his essay on Baumann’s printing practices is included in the Gustave Baumann catalogue raisonné.

Martin Krause was for thirty-nine years the Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the earliest institutional collector and second largest repository of the works of Gustave Baumann. Krause is coauthor of Gustave Baumann: Nearer to Art and editor of The Autobiography of Gustave Baumann and Gustave Baumann: Views of Brown County.

David Skolkin‘s career began in New York City working in the studio of one of the top book designers in the publishing industry. While in New York he designed and art directed book and exhibition projects for most of the major art book publishers as well as museums, galleries and art institutions in New York and around the country. When he could no longer resist the landscapes of New Mexico he moved to Santa Fe continuing to serve clients around the country. His work encompasses all aspects of publishing and graphic design, with a concentration in book design and production, the latter also involving extensive on-press supervision with printers in Europe and Asia. In addition to his freelance work he is also the Art and Production Director for the Museum of New Mexico Press, the book imprint for the State system of museums spanning native, folk and fine arts. He is also co-founder of Radius Books, a non-profit art book publisher based in Santa Fe.

About the Book:

In A Modern Rendering: The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann, A Catalogue Raisonné by Gala Chamberlain documents 190 editioned works, including color woodcuts and early etchings and color linocuts, and an extensive body of printed ephemera created during the years 1905 to 1970. The introductory essay, “Deftness, Soul, and a Gypsy Instinct: the Creative Art of Gustave Baumann,” was written by Nancy E. Green, Curator of European and American Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. With her history of research, exhibitions, and writing on American printmakers, Nancy was the perfect scholar for this task. Thomas Leech, director of the Press at the Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, is a curator, paper maker, and letterpress printer, and he curated a permanent exhibition of Baumann’s studio, which includes his vials of dried inks, printing press, printing papers, tools, etc. With his amazing knowledge of paper, presses, printing, and wood, Thomas was the perfect scholar craftsman to write the essay “The Problems of a Regular Guy,” on Baumann’s techniques. Martin Krause, Curator Emeritus of Prints and Drawings, Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, has a long history with Baumann’s color woodcuts and has extensive knowledge of the artist in Brown County and New Mexico. Marty co-authored Gustave Baumann: Nearer to Art and further edited two books, The Autobiography of Gustave Baumann and Gustave Baumann: Views of Brown County, and he graciously wrote the foreword for this book. Gala Chamberlain also wrote the essays on Baumann’s studio practices, including on the papers used over his career and another on the history of his chops and their variations. The book is enriched by numerous never-before-published photographs of or by Gustave Baumann.

About the New Mexico Museum of Art:      

Founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Art has been presenting innovative arts programming in downtown Santa Fe for more than a century. At its founding, the museum collected and exhibited artworks by noted artists from New Mexico and elsewhere. This tradition continues today with a wide array of exhibitions and a significant collection featuring work from the world’s leading artists. Today, as at its founding, the Museum of Art strives to bring the art of New Mexico to the world and the art of the world to New Mexico. Museum exhibitions and programs are supported by donors to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its Director’s Leadership Fund and Exhibitions Development Fund.

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