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Succubae (from Prints In The Desert)

Succubae (from Prints In The Desert)

Artist: Adja Yunkers (1900 Russian Empire - 1983 New York, New York)

Artist: Frederick O'Hara (1904 Ottawa, Ontario - 1980 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Artist: Jack Garver (1921 Larned, Kansas - 1987 Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Artist: Robert Walters (1926 - 2008)

Department: Art
Date: 1950
Medium: color woodblock on paper
Dimensions:
16 1/4 × 8 1/2 in. (41.3 × 21.6 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase 1989 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1990.30.1
Descriptionlayers of color blocks in shades of yellow, green, and red, and lines dileneating vague abstracted human forms
Not on view
Label Text:In the aftermath of WWII, Albuquerque became a hidden hot bed of modern art activity and bohemianism. Adja Yunkers was one of its central figures. Succubae is among the most adventurous works contained in Prints in the Desert: a portfolio of poems and abstract modern art prints that at the time went unheralded, but has since been recognized as a seminal expression of creativity in that era. Succubae depicts seductive female demons from Greek mythology, reflecting abiding artistic interests of that time in Jungian dream analysis, and bold abstract forms. It was difficult if not impossible to make a living as an abstract artist in postwar Albuquerque. Yunkers often traded prints, even whole copies of Prints in the Desert, for baskets of food and trips to the pediatrician.

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