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Night On Central Avenue

Night On Central Avenue

Artist: William Warder (1920 Guadalupita, New Mexico - 1999 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1946
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
38 x 32 in. (96.5 x 81.3 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase
Object number: PC1987.40.1
DescriptionCityscape, showing Central Ave in Albuquerque illuminated by a streetlight. Neon signs for the Sunshine and the Hilton are prominent in the background and a train crosses the overpass.
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William Warder
1920 Guadalupita, New Mexico – 1999 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Noche en Central Avenue
1946
óleo sobre lienzo
adquisición del museo, bonos de obligación general de 1987
PC1987.40.1

El arte en Nuevo México cambió tras las Segunda Guerra Mundial. El estado de ánimo de la época reflejaba la sensación de que algo se había perdido: a nivel espiritual y psicológico. Las imágenes idealizadas de los indígenas americanos y los pueblos hispanos creadas por las colonias artísticas de Taos y Santa Fe, las coloridas puestas de sol y los paisajes montañosos perdieron gran parte de su encanto. Dejando a un lado los estereotipos y los ideales, la obra Night on Central Avenue de William Warder, veterano de guerra y artista de Albuquerque, captura esta transición. Proporciona una mirada decidida a una Albuquerque urbana iluminada por luces de neón que reanuda su actividad comercial anterior a la guerra como pujante centro industrial y oasis en el desierto de la carretera 66.

William Warder
1920 Guadalupita, New Mexico – 1999 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Night on Central Avenue
1946
oil on canvas
museum purchase, 1987 General Obligation Bonds
PC1987.40.1

New Mexico art changed after World War II. The mood of the time reflected a sense that something was missing, spiritually and psychologically. Romanticized images of Native Americans and Hispanic peoples created by the Taos and Santa Fe artist colonies, colorful sunsets, and mountain scenes lost much of their appeal. Dispensing with clichés and ideals, war veteran and Albuquerque artist William Warder’s Night on Central Avenue captures this transition. It provides a gritty look at a neon-lit, urban Albuquerque as it resumed its prewar commercial function as a growing industrial center and a Route 66 oasis in the desert.