Florence Miller Pierce (1918-2007) went through several incarnations in her long life as an artist. At the young age of 19, she was studying with Emil Bisttram in Taos, NM, as part of a group of painters with deeply spiritual goals often paralleling those of Theosophy. She later became part of the Transcendental Painting Group in the Southwest, but her career was interrupted by the war and the struggles to make a living. She resumed making art after her husband’s death in 1958 and experimented with sumi brush painting and sculptures in balsa wood. Her finest works date from 1969, when she discovered the possibilities of poured resin, creating sculptures that seemed to give off their own transcendent luminosity.

The show at the Wright will include a number of works from the 1950s-60s, but will concentrate on the poured resin pieces from later in her career, some of them outsized geometric shapes that bear comparison with the finest Minimalist sculpture of the period.

THE WRIGHT CONTEMPORARY

627 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, New Mexico

The Wright Contemporary is a gallery in Taos, NM, dedicated primarily to the artists of northern New Mexico.

Named for the late Ira Wright, a Santa Fe-based artist and benefactor, the gallery offers approximately eight shows per year, curated by art journalist and director Ann Landi and artist Michelle Cooke. Our debut exhibition was “Explosive Abstraction,” which closed in August of 2022.  Next on the agenda was “Taos Draws!,” a round-up of draftsmen (and women) from the area in the main galleries, followed by “New Geometries,” and “Photography in Black and White.”  In 2023, the Wright presented “Botanicals,” the work of Parisian-based installation artist Isabelle Plat, a survey of works by Tom Martinelli and Phillis Ideal, and a mini-retrospective for Ira Wright,

In The Wright Office and The Project Space, we have featured works by Zoe Zimmerman, Helen Gene Nichols, Rebecca Crowell, Desiree Manville, and Olga Brava.

Complementing the exhibitions is a roster of lectures and programs. In our first year, Gwen Chanzit, curator emerita of the Denver Art Museum, gave an illustrated lecture on the origins of abstraction, while Jason Andrew, from Artist Estate Management LLC, spoke to a full house about getting your affairs in order before you travel to that great studio in the sky (a video of this talk is available on YouTube).  An “Evening with Larry Bell,” also on YouTube, investigated the myriad aspects of the artist’s long and stellar career) and during the Taos Fall Arts Festival, Marcie Begleiter was on hand to screen her landmark documentary Eva Hesse, with a discussion about the making of the film afterward. Other speakers have included with Louis Grachos, director of SITE Santa Fe and David Chickey, publisher of Radius Books. The gallery regularly offers talks and conversations with artist exhibited on site.

Be sure to enter your email address on the Contact page of the site, so you can stay up to speed on shows and events.

The Wright Contemporary is located at 627 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Taos, New Mexico. It’s on the main route leading to the downtown historic district, with ample parking around the gallery. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. But we are sometimes closed for installations, so it’s always wise to call in advance.

The Wright Contemporary catalog – click to view

In this, our first catalogue, we offer a selection of the many outstanding artists whose work has filled the premises. As you will see in these pages, they range from accomplished printmakers to photographers to painters and sculptors and installation artists. Most are from northern New Mexico, but we have already started expanding our reach as far as Paris, France, with the summer 2023 installation of Isabelle Plat’s work.