ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The arts of Albuquerque have rapidly grown and matured during the 21 years I’ve been covering the visual arts of New Mexico, and 2014 has been no exception in the city’s steady rise as an arts destination. In fact, 2014 was a heads-up, razzle-dazzle year for both institutional and independent art spaces.
The venerable Albuquerque Museum of Art and History installed several breathtaking shows this year with two notable blockbusters. In classic contemporary post-modernist style “Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection” dropped the life’s work of two avant-garde international superstars into our midst.
But, never satisfied, the Albuquerque Museum decided to end its already banner year with a gob-smacking peddle-to-the-metal utterly retro “Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.”
It’s a stunning 206-piece look back at 300-plus years of academic art training from the heart of European art traditions. It’s not too late to see that one.