Art and Biography

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Cady Wells and Southwestern Modernism

Lois Palken Rudnick

Cady Wells (1904–1954) was one of the most innovative modern artists to work within the Santa Fe and Taos colonies in the years between 1932 and 1954, and one of the finest American watercolorists. This full-scale retrospective of his work includes essays that explore Wells's art and life, including his intimate friendship with Martha Graham.


Lois Palken Rudnick is a professor emerita of American studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author and editor of numerous books including Mabel Dodge Luhan: New Woman, New Worlds (University of New Mexico Press).

Robin Farwell Gavin is the curator of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe and the author of Traditional Arts of Spanish New Mexico: The Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art (Museum of New Mexico Press).

Sharyn Rohlfsen Udall is an art historian and independent curator and the author of Carr, O’Keeffe, Kahlo: Places of Their Own (Yale University Press).

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

9.5 x 11 in. 160 pages 74 color and 15 black-and-white images