Gene Kloss (born Alice
Geneva Glasier) had already established the beginnings of a distinguished
art career in her native California when she first visited Taos on her
honeymoon in 1925. She reportedly said she considered herself a New
Mexican from that day forth.
A stalwart of the Taos art colony, she
created paintings, watercolors and a prodigious number of etchings and
aquatints—more than 625 in a seventy-year career. She earned the
respect of all the members of the occasionally contentious Taos Society
of Artists as well as the regard of her peers nationally, who elected
her to Associate Membership in the prestigious National Academy of Design
in 1950 and Full Membership in 1972—the first American woman printmaker
ever to be so honored.
She is known today primarily for her many
highly accomplished and innovative prints of the Western landscape and
particularly of the lives and ceremonies of the many Pueblo people whom
she befriended and esteemed.
She is now universally
considered one of the major printmakers of the 20th Century. Her work
graces scores of major private collections here and abroad as well as
the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution,
The Carnegie Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Art, The Library
of Congress and the National Academy of Design.
Gene Kloss and Gallery A ~
A, the longest-continuously-operating gallery in Taos, (and probably
New Mexico) closed its doors at the beginning of 2007 upon the retirement
of the owners, Gene and Jules Sanchez.
Mary L. Sanchez, Gene
Sanchez’s mother and a close friend of Gene Kloss, acquired
Gallery A in 1960 as a venue for New Mexico artists—Gene Kloss
among them--and Ms. Kloss showed her work there exclusively for
more than 25 years. Gallery A and Gene Kloss have been synonymous
in the minds of many people ever since. In the latter years of this time, Gene Sanchez undertook the daunting task of producing a Kloss catalogue raisonne. It was published in 2009, and is today considered the definitive work on the artist.
at Taos Fine Art are grateful for the confidence that Gene and Jules
Sanchez have placed in us by choosing us to “adopt”
Gallery A’s marvelous collection of Gene Kloss material. They
have been dedicated and attentive stewards of her work for many,
many years and we are honored and humbled by the responsibility
they have passed on to us. We will do our best to continue the tradition
of care and professionalism they have established.