One of the most important Western art collections in the world, the Santa Fe-based Tia Collection, has recently acquired Logan Maxwell Hagege’s massive new painting Taos Plains. The 60-inch-by-40-inch painting, depicting a single figure on horseback and framed against a billowing cloud on the horizon, will join works by some of the most important painters of the West, including artists who spent a great deal of time in New Mexico, such as Alexandre Hogue, Cady Wells, Victor Higgins, Walter Ufer, Stuart Davis and many others.
The collection is privately owned, though portions of it are frequently traveling around the country to loaned exhibitions that expose the works to countless new museumgoers. Currently there is a major Tia Collection show, New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West, ongoing now at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West in Scottsdale, Arizona. It runs through September 22.
Taos Plains is the second Hagege work in the Tia Collection, which leans toward modernism. “Tia Collection has been avidly following Logan’s career since its first acquisition of his work in 2009/2010 of Taos Profile, currently on loan to the Booth Western Art Museum in Georgia,” says Laura Finlay Smith, Tia curator. “We were excited to add Taos Plains to the collection in 2018 as a way to continue not only supporting him as an artist, but also to create a conversation between the two works, demonstrating the development of his well-known painting style over almost a decade.”
Hagege, who’s still under 40 years old, has a growing list of museums and important collections that have acquired his work including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis and the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.