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To Form from Air: Music and the Art of Raymond Jonson

Robert Ware

Artist Raymond Jonson (1891–1982) was a maverick who made his reputation in New Mexico by creating abstract Southwest works that advanced the development of modernism. To Form from Air presents Jonson’s masterpieces of the 1920s to the 1940s that explore the intimate confluence of art and music that defined twentieth-century modernism.


Robert Ware is the Raymond Jonson Curator at the University of New Mexico Art Museum.


"Jonson was not only a painter of significance in his own right; (he) was arguably the single most important figure for supporting, introducing, and attracting modern art and artists to New Mexico, particularly in the post-World War II era. . . . To Form from Air is a much-needed contribution to our understanding of Jonson and his place in the history of twentieth-century New Mexican and American modern art. The text is enhanced by the excellent quality and design of its accompanying color illustrations."


New Mexico Historical Review

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press/Published in association with the Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico Art Museum

9 x 10 in. 96 pages 40 color plates, 3 black-and-white photographs