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Santa Fe Art Scene Update

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Santa Fe is the third largest art market in the country. As you can imagine, that means there are always new galleries in flux. While the Santa Fe art scene is widely known for it’s distinctive Southwestern art, there has been an increase in contemporary art galleries that are worth checking out:

David Richard Contemporary (www.davidrichardcontemporary.com) specializes in Postwar and Contemporary abstract art and features geometric, Op, Pop, color field, minimal and gestural abstraction in a variety of media. Artists who were part of important art historical movements that occurred during the 1960s through 1980s are represented, along with estates, secondary market works, and several emerging American and international contemporary artists.

Housed in the back of a custom retrofitted 1970 aluminum step-van, Axle Contemporary (http://axleart.com) is an art gallery on wheels. They host installations, performance, and thematic group exhibitions of works on paper, including photography, drawing, painting, and limited edition prints.

ViVO Contemporary (www.vivocontemporary.com) located on historic Canyon Road, represents a vibrant mix of local artists. Oil and acrylic painting, mixed media, works on paper, photography, encaustic, sculpture, and more are presented on two floors of welcoming art space. ViVO is the only gallery in Santa Fe with a room dedicated solely to book art.

In addition to the new galleries in town, there are several art events that should not be missed:

15th Annual ARTfeast Weekend (Feb. 24 – Feb. 26, 2012) Santa Fe’s most popular winter weekend, featuring fine art, food, wine, fashion, and homes benefiting ART programs for Santa Fe’s youth. (http://artfeast.com/)

ART Santa Fe (July 12- 15, 2012) will celebrate its twelfth successful fair, once again offering an all-encompassing experience that includes a high-class mix of excellent contemporary galleries from all over the globe, cutting-edge art installations, and emerging artists and dealers. The high-stakes world of the international art fair will once again provide heady, glamorous fare for serious collectors and scene-seekers alike. (http://artsantafe.com/)

SOFA WEST (August 2 – 5, 2012) is an internationally renown sculptural and functional art fair. Galleries from across the world exhibit their finest 3D artists here. The work ranges from classical sculpture to contemporary glass works, jewelry, furnishings and more. (http://www.sofaexpo.com/)

Santa Fe is also home to several museums that feature a dramatic range in artwork. As the winter comes to a close, several museums will be featuring brand new exhibitions. Take a look at what will be on display:

New Mexico Museum of Art. “It’s About Time: 14,000 Years of Art In New Mexico” (May 11, 2012 – January 2014). This exhibition traces art in the American Southwest from the earliest Clovis culture to the present. “It’s About Time” emphasizes the prime objects of artistic change as part of the centennial celebration of New Mexico statehood. (http://www.nmartmuseum.org/)

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image” (May 11, 2012 – May 5, 2013). This exhibition is the first to demonstrate how the beauty and elegance of O’Keeffe’s paintings were prompted by the intimacy of her ongoing experiences with the Southwest’s natural forms, especially because of the camping trips she made to remote areas. (http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/)

Museum of International Folk Art. “The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946” (July 8 – October 7, 2012). This exhibition showcases arts made by Japanese Americans in U.S. Internment camps during World War II. Art making became essential for simple creature comforts and emotional survival. These objects—tools, teapots, furniture, toys and games, musical instruments, pendants and pins, purses and ornamental displays—are physical manifestations of the art of gaman, a Japanese word that means to bear the seemingly unbearable with dignity and patience.