Every two years the international art world flocks to Santa Fe, N.M, lured by the SITE Santa Fe International Biennial. For 2006, the exhibition is titled "Still Points of the Turning World," July 9, 2006-Jan. 7, 2007, and features works by a slimmed-down roster of 13 artists, each in their own gallery, selected by freelance curator Klaus Ottmann.
Highlights of "Still Points" include Polish artist Miroslaw Balka’s long paper chain made from obituary notices snipped from the local paper, Catherine Opie’s mural-sized color photo of herself nursing her baby, Jennifer Bartlett’s floor-to-ceiling installation of her new "conversation" paintings, and Wangechi Mutu’s voodoo-esque installation of upside-down bottles hanging from the ceiling.
Though SITE Santa Fe may be the center, things artistic in New Mexico extend far and wide, at the numerous museums and galleries in Santa Fe. Herewith, a selection:
Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe
107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, N.M.
Currently on view is "Marsden Hartley: American Modern," a broad survey of 60 paintings drawn from the collection of the Weisman Art Museum, complemented by "Hartley’s New Mexico," a smaller exhibition of works and notes from the Southwest. Both and are on view June 9-Sept. 3, 2006. The MFA galleries are also presenting three other shows: "Georgia O’Keeffe’s Legacy in New Mexico"; a show devoted to Santa Fe woodblock artist Gustave Baumann (1881-1971); and "Mexican Modern: Masters of the 20th Century," a survey of works by 26 artists drawn from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street, Santa fe, N.M. 97501
"Georgia O’Keeffe: Color and Conservation," June 16-Sept. 10, 2006, organized by Sarah Whitaker Peters and René Paul Barilleaux, features approximately 30 works by O’Keeffe, a selection inspired by the extensive correspondence between O’Keeffe and her conservator, Caroline Keck.
Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, N.M. 87505
Founded in 1979 by Robert B. Gaylor and Linda Klosky, the Santa Fe CCA offers a wide-ranging program of performance, film and community workshops. Presently on view is "Scenic Overlook," July 1-Aug. 26, 2006, an exploration of "place, home, memory and imagination" featuring works by Amelia Bauer & Robert de Saint Phalle, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, David Dunn, Nicola Lopez, Jennifer Joseph and Jordan West.
Institute of American Indian Arts
83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87508
"Relations: Indigenous Dialogue," July 8-Sept. 30, 2006, is a "biennial initiative" showcasing indigenous culture asking the question, "How do we tell the next generation who we are?" Artists featured include both established figures like Harry Fonseca, Rocky Ka’iouilokahihikolo’ Ehu Jensen, Art Omittuk, Simon Ortiz, Roxanne Swentzel and Alex Janvier, and emerging artists like Jacob Fragua III, Sara Ortiz, Rose Simpson and Micah Wesley.
1611-A Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Box is showing "Cut and Burn," July 1-July 29, 2006, new work by Alice Leora Briggs, an artist known for her "sgraffito drawing" process of scratching and cutting surfaces.
414 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Currently under the directorship of artist Pamela A. McMahan, Canfield specializes in art of the mid-20th century to the present. Through Aug. 1, 2006, the gallery is showing a selection of prismatic abstract paintings by Catherine Green, an artist who studied with William Scharf at the Art Students League and now divides her time between New York and Tesuque, N.M.
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art
200 W. Marcy Street, Suite 101, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Celebrated for exhibitions of Hard Edge painting, Jackson Fine Art is presently featuring works by Frederick Hammersley, July 8-July 30, 2006. The show presents previously unseen paintings alongside 72 early computer drawings by this founding member of the Hard Edge school.
Cline Fine Art
131 West San Francisco St., Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Founded in 1985, Cline Fine Art specializes in American modernism and Ab Ex painting, as well as southwest regionalism.
558 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501/439 Camino del Monte Sol, Santa Fe, N.M. 87505
Chiaroscuro’s second Santa Fe space, which opened on Canyon road on June 23, is currently featuring a selection of sculptures by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz, June 23-July 31, 2006, and, in honor of the current SITE festivities, a selection of prints by SITE artist Jennifer Bartlett, June 14-Aug. 14, 2006.
Dwight Hackett Projects
2879 All Trades Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87507
Heather McGill’s inventive wall abstractions, presented in a show titled “Harmless Visual Stimulation,” June 17-July 29, 2006, are irregularly shaped constructions of aluminum, lacquer and urethane that mix geometry and biomorphism in a way that is indeed stimulating.
Ernesto Mayans Gallery
601 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
"Jason Berger: The Master at 80," July 1-31, 2006, features brightly colored and energetic cityscapes and harbor scenes by the 80-year-old, Massachusetts-born painter who is also an accomplished jazz saxophonist.
554 South Guadalupe, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
This dynamic new contemporary art space debuted right across from SITE Santa Fe on July 6, 2006. The inaugural shows are "Topographies," July 6-Sept. 30, 2006, with works by Edward Burtynsky, Vicky Colombet and David Maisel, and an installation in the project space by Steina Vasulka titled "Spheres."
Gerald Peters Gallery
1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
The multifarious Gerald Peters Gallery, with locations in New York and Dallas as well as Santa Fe, mounts several shows at once in his large Santa Fe gallery: "Contours and Light: The Art of Burt Brent And Jim Morgan," June 23-July 22, 2006; "The Place Between: New Work by John Felsing and Leon Loughridge," July 7-Aug. 5, 2006; and "James Surls: Drawings and Sculptures," July 14-Aug. 12, 2006.
James Kelly Contemporary
1601 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
For SITE Santa Fe, James Kelly Contemporary is showing a series of starkly geometrical black-on-white collages by Ellsworth Kelly, July 6-Aug. 5, 2006.
668 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Marr specializes in contemporary realism and trompe l'oeil work, and is currently offering "BLITZ," an exhibition advertised as its "First Annual Abstract Invitational," featuring Kinga Czerska, Fran Hardy, Bebe Krimmer, Allen Linder, Jennifer Scott McLaughlin and Allison Renshaw.
Kornelia Tamm Fine Arts
1012 Marquez Place, # 203 B, Santa Fe, N.M. 87505
Kornelia Tamm offers contemporary works on paper and multiples, and has a constantly new stream of works by artists including Agnes Martin, Takashi Murakami and Philip Pearlstein.
129 West Palace, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
With a wide-ranging program that includes painting, sculpture, photography, prints, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, tapestry and glass, LewAllen is currently presenting a series of meditative, abstract, Japanese-influenced paintings of wetlands by Forrest Moses, June 30-July 30, 2006.
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery
602A Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Medicine Man Gallery features an extensive inventory of Native American craft arts and cowboy art. The gallery also shows important regional artists like Maynard Dixon (and operates the Maynard Dixon Museum in Tucson, collecting work and papers associated with this master of Southwestern art).
Nedra Matteucci Galleries
1075 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Recently on view at the gallery was a selection of new bronze animal sculptures by Dan Ostermiller. Forthcoming later this month, July 28-29, 2006, is a special demonstration of Mata Ortiz pottery in the gallery garden, featuring potter Nicolás Quezada Celado alongside José and Leonel Quezada Talamantes. Coming up in August is a show of new water colors by William Matthews.
3 Old Santa Fe Trail, Plaza Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Located in the Catron Building on the Santa Fe Plaza, the 30-year-old Price Dewey gallery is known for its "rug room," modeled after a historic Navajo trading post and showcasing an excellent collection of classic Navajo textiles.
Selby Fleetwood Gallery
600 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Located in a historic 18th-century adobe, Fleetwood Gallery is currently offering the mixed media paintings of Christina Chalmers, June 16-July 12, 2006, followed by a suite of landscape paintings from Clay Wagstaff, July 14-Aug. 9, 2006.
Strong Fox Gallery
503 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
A self-described "small gem," Strong Fox Gallery is housed in a historic adobe on Canyon Road and offers a collection of work by Santa Fe’s "Los Cinco Pintores," along with works by other early-20th-century Albuquerque painters and a strong collection of Native pottery and jewelry.
Tai Gallery/Textile Arts
1601 B Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Tai Galleries/Textile Arts has a unique double specialty in traditional textiles and Japanese bamboo art. At the end of June, the gallery inaugurated its new space in the red Sears-Hansen building at 1601 Paseo de Peralta with a selection of sculptures and baskets selected by gallery director Rob Coffland titled "Power & Delicacy: Japanese Bamboo Master Works," June 30-July 15, 2006. Tai is also featuring a solo show by contemporary Japanese photographer Tokihiro Sato, July 6-July 28, 2006.
Turner Carroll Gallery
725 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Turner Carroll is currently presenting innovative 3D photographic work by Ann Weiner, June 23-July 17, 2006, and, as part of the gallery’s "Salon Series" of curated shows, a series of egg tempura and pencil works by Nebraska-born artist Michael Bergt, June 23-Aug. 31, 2006.
Victoria Price Contemporary/Art & Design
550 South Guadalupe, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Through Aug. 5, 2006, Victoria Price is presenting glass sculptures by Sean Albert, semi-abstract oil landscapes by Elen Feinberg and metal sculptures by Holly Russell.
651 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, N.M. 87501
Zaplin-Lampert specializes in Western art, paintings and prints by early Taos and Santa Fe artists, and traditional Mexican and New Mexican furniture, and also has a sculpture garden featuring contemporary artists.