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NM museum lands major gift of contemporary art

August 3, 2013 • State News

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Art studios are everywhere — hidden in backyards, at the end of narrow dirt driveways and tucked behind the adobe storefronts that line the historic main street.

This northern New Mexico mountain town has long been known for attracting painters, photographers, sculptors and writers, so it’s no wonder Gus Foster was sitting on a gold mine of sorts.

An artist himself, Foster has spent the last four decades collecting the work of contemporary artists who flocked to Taos from Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere. Now, he’s giving the collection to the Harwood Museum of Art.

It’s considered one of the foremost collections of contemporary art in the Southwest. The more than 340 works include pieces from famous sculptors Ken Price and Larry Bell as well as Ron Cooper and Ron Davis.

“It puts us on the map,” museum director Susan Longhenry said of Foster’s gift. “This is the place to come see and Login to read more

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