Oil painting of dog walkers
Susan Contreras, "New York Dog Walkers," 1989, oil on linen, 58 x 73 in.

LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is hosting an exhibition of contemporary art from the collection of the late Edgar Foster Daniels, who was long regarded for his patronage of the arts. Daniels resided in Santa Fe during the last 42 years of his life and was awarded the prestigious New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2015.

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Daniels’ history of thoughtful and quiet giving, which supported numerous productions of opera, chamber music, and theater across the United States and abroad, also reflected his reputation as an ardent supporter of North Carolina and New Mexico artists and as a discerning collector of fine art. Daniels is acclaimed for his generosity in underwriting numerous opera productions, chamber music, and theater, having supported opera worldwide and serving on the Board of Directors of such companies as The Metropolitan Opera, The San Francisco Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Los Angeles Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, the Houston Grand Opera, and The Santa Fe Opera, where he was described as “one of the most generous supporters… in its entire history.”

Edgar Foster Daniels collected both contemporary and historic masterworks, but this exhibition highlights his patronage of well-known 20th century artists from New Mexico and Daniels’ home state of North Carolina. This collection displays a discerning, inquisitive, and sometimes eccentric eye, an appreciation for craft, and an engagement with a range of artistic attitudes and perspectives.

Among the more than 30 works included in the exhibition are paintings and assemblages by noted New Mexico artists John Fincher, Susan Hertel, and Susan Contreras, as well as two distinguished artists from North Carolina, Danny Robinette and Maude Gatewood.

Oil painting of a brush
John Fincher (b. 1941), “MGM Brush,” early 1980s, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 in.
Untitled landscape painting of sunset or sunrise
Danny Robinette (1954-2005), Untitled, oil on canvas, 55.88 x 68 in.

This exhibition reveals both the exquisite connoisseurship of a major figure in arts and culture, as well as intimate examples of the particular contemporary art with which he chose to surround himself. These works represent parts of Daniels’ enduring legacy as a major collector and benefactor of fine arts.

“Leading Works from the Contemporary Art Collection of Edgar Foster Daniels” is on view through March 27, 2021. For more details, please visit lewallengalleries.com.

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