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20141003122419-012_circa_1930 A Certain Disney Utopia: Ysabel LeMay’s Photo-Fusions   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ysabel LeMay at Verve Gallery of Photography September 12th - October 25th
Posted 10/3/14

Who said Disney was dead? Ysabel LeMay’s staggeringly beautiful photo-fusions, currently on view at Verve Gallery, prove otherwise. Ysabel LeMay is a commercial graphic artist turned painter turned photographer. Each image is made up of hundreds of photographs, collaged together using Photoshop to create grand representations of nature, bounty, and beauty. Her work is more cinematic than painterly: each digital C-print has a plexi-face, whose glossy sheen intensifies the work’s deco... [more]

20140814180420-photo_4 Under the Dark of Night: Outdoor Vision Fest at Pushkin Gallery   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Pushkin Gallery August 14th - September 30th
Posted 8/14/14

Pushkin Gallery, located on Canyon Road, opened in 2000 as the first Russian art gallery in Santa Fe. Its founder, Kenneth Pushkin, and its curator of Russian painting, Rosa Lena Reed Robinson, recently began engaging the students at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) in a vibrant and innovative collaboration. Pushkin Gallery has since established the Pushkin Gallery Prize, an annual scholarship rewarded to a new media student—this summer, the gallerists have offered the bu... [more]

20140721032619-4_denes Settling Unsettled Landscapes: Talking about SITElines   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shuvinai Ashoona, Jamison Chas Banks, Raymond Boisjoly, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Buckingham, Adriana Bustos, Johanna Calle, Luis Camnitzer, Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chavez, Liz Cohen, Minerva Cuevas, Blue Curry, Agnes Denes, Juan Downey, Futurefarmers, Anna Bella Geiger, Frank Gohlke, Pablo Helguera, James Hyde, Deborah Jack, Yishai Jusidman, Leandro Katz, Irene Kopelman, Miler Lagos, Glenda Léon, Ric Lum, Antonio Vega Macotela, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jason Middlebrook, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Kent Monkman, Patrick Nagatani, Florence Miller Pierce, Marcel Pinas, Edward Poitras, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Kevin Schmidt, Allan Sekula, Melanie Smith, Charles Stankievech, Marcos Ramirez ERRE & David Taylor, Clarissa Tossin at SITE Santa Fe July 19th 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 7/21/14

At the Eldorado Hotel's Agave Lounge, over fabulous margaritas, ArtSlant's editor in chief, Natalie Hegert, met with Santa Fe art critics Hannah Hoel and Lauren Tresp to discuss SITElines, the new SITE Santa Fe biennial… Natalie Hegert: A point that I want to talk about is how [SITElines] functions as a model for a biennial. How different is this from another themed exhibition you would encounter in any other museum, versus a biennial? Why does this necessarily need to be considered a bien... [more]

SITElines: Unsettled Landscapes in Santa Fe is a brand new biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/21/14

A Veteran Biennial Lays Down New Roots With an emphasis on place, SITElines marks the reinvention of a Santa Fe biennial. Hannah Hoel explains. SITE Santa Fe’s new biennial series, SITElines, signals a new format for recurrent exhibitions that reduces the term “biennial” to its simplest definition: every two years. For almost twenty years, the institution was faithful to the timely concentration of international artists and rising curators served in a publicized melti... [more]

20140720051751-4_installationshot_ericswanson SITElines 2014: A Veteran Biennial Lays Down New Roots   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shuvinai Ashoona, Jamison Chas Banks, Raymond Boisjoly, Andrea Bowers, Matthew Buckingham, Adriana Bustos, Johanna Calle, Luis Camnitzer, Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chavez, Liz Cohen, Minerva Cuevas, Blue Curry, Agnes Denes, Juan Downey, Futurefarmers, Anna Bella Geiger, Frank Gohlke, Pablo Helguera, James Hyde, Deborah Jack, Yishai Jusidman, Leandro Katz, Irene Kopelman, Miler Lagos, Glenda Léon, Ric Lum, Antonio Vega Macotela, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Jason Middlebrook, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Kent Monkman, Patrick Nagatani, Florence Miller Pierce, Marcel Pinas, Edward Poitras, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Kevin Schmidt, Allan Sekula, Melanie Smith, Charles Stankievech, Marcos Ramirez ERRE & David Taylor, Clarissa Tossin at SITE Santa Fe July 20th - January 11th, 2015
Posted 7/20/14

SITE Santa Fe’s new biennial series, SITElines, signals a new format for recurrent exhibitions that reduces the term “biennial” to its simplest definition: every two years. For almost twenty years, the institution was faithful to the timely concentration of international artists and rising curators served in a publicized melting pot. After all, SITE lays claim to the first international biennial of contemporary art in the United States: Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Near... [more]

20140702131726-bida_hi Rethinking Regional: An Interview With the Curators Who Are Shaking Up SITE Santa Fe   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SITE Santa Fe July 18th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Posted 7/2/14

SITE Santa Fe was founded in 1995 as an institutional platform for the only international biennial in the United States, and one of only a few dozen internationally. Since then the number of biennials worldwide has proliferated. In 2011, SITE took a strategic hiatus from the biennial model in order to re-imagine what the SITE Santa Fe biennial could be. In July 2014, SITE returns with Unsettled Landscapes, the first of the exhibition series SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, a si... [more]

20140328084852-nina_elder2011_ore_arsenic_acryliconpnel24by24 Mining Northern New Mexico: Human-made Tools to Solve Human-made Problems   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jonathan Blaustein, Nina Elder, Debbie Long at Harwood Museum of Art February 22nd - May 4th
Posted 3/28/14

In the stark, grandiose landscapes of Northern New Mexico, it is easy to see the human element as small. Significant to be sure, but comparatively outweighed by the beauty and immensity that radiates so gracefully and quietly from big-sky vistas. Compared to the dramatic landscape, the human presence is more akin to interference, a disruption of the Wild West. The byproducts of this human disruption therefore mar the land more visibly and more violently against the backdrop of high desert and moun... [more]

20140220184325-icepop_a5t2158 Santa Fe's Own Art World Outsiders Bring Us Into the Realm of Ice and Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Crockett Bodelson, Sandra Wang at Center for Contemporary Art January 24th - March 30th
Posted 2/20/14

Although collaborative artist duo SCUBA arrived in Santa Fe relatively recently in 2011, it seems about time they participate in a major solo exhibition. Comprised of Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson, the collaborative partners have become the darlings of the Santa Fe emerging artists scene, bringing playful and accessible innovation to the all-too-often stuffy offerings of Santa Fe’s conventional art market. The pair met in San Francisco in 2007, and formed SCUBA in 2008. Shortly after... [more]

20140123170314-snow_poems_instal_2 Rooted to the Landscape, Commited to the Community: Santa Fe in 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/23/14

Art is felt to be Santa Fe’s lifeblood, both in terms of economic prosperity and in the more abstract sense of cultural capital. Thus, visual creations creep their way onto every available surface, and this is part of the city’s charm: art is not restricted to the gallery and the museum. In the City Different, hit exhibitions take place in widely varying venues, from restaurants and cafes to makeshift studios and auto mechanic garages; visual expression just runs that deep. There is a d... [more]

20131213150132-barrymore The Stereo, the Type   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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cannupa hanska luger at Museum of Contemporary Native Arts August 16th, 2013 - December 31st, 2013
Posted 12/13/13

The words “Native American ceramic vessel” most likely bring to mind images of earthy red clay painted with elaborate patterns in black and white, or perhaps incised. The images the words conjure, it could be said, are stereotypical. However, the ceramic vessels created by contemporary Native American artist Cannupa Hanska Luger are stereotypes of an entirely different order: for one, they are actually stereos. Specifically, they are sculpted boomboxes adorned with “Indian&rdqu... [more]

20131115162257-01_beznau_l “The Push of a Button”   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rankin & Dub Ainu Band, ChimÎPom, Peter Cusack, Nina Elder, Eric Lusito, Vanessa Renwick, Bettina Samson, Jim Sanborn, Claudia X. Valdes, Greta Young, Luca Zanier at Center for Contemporary Art October 11th, 2013 - January 5th
Posted 11/15/13

Santa Fe is situated approximately thirty-five miles southeast of Los Alamos, New Mexico, birthplace of the atomic bomb during World War II. Despite or maybe (subconsciously) in spite of this proximity, the two locations couldn't be more different. Santa Fe is a Southwestern mecca of arts, culture, and tourism, offering up countless spiritual traditions, speckled with alternative health and wellness options, and fiercely loyal to its charming adobe style. Just up the hill, tucked away on the mesa... [more]

20131011073246-floyd_newsum_i_know_the_grackle___but_you_don_t_know_me As Patterns Emerge   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Floyd Newsum at Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe October 3rd, 2013 - November 11th, 2013
Posted 10/11/13

Floyd Newsum's paintings convey a deeply personal, nuanced, and optimistic expression of historical change and motion. Newsum was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had first hand experience observing socio-political and cultural change take shape in the 1960’s. As an adolescent he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. alongside his father, a local firefighter. Newsum received his BFA from the Memphis College of Art and his MFA from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has been a professor... [more]

20130922083655-dsc_1773 The Pearl of Memory   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Enrique Martínez Celaya at SITE Santa Fe July 13th, 2013 - October 13th, 2013
Posted 9/26/13

It is curious how memories from childhood have their own specific barriers to being completely restored. They are not only hollowed out by the distance of time, but also altered fundamentally as psychosocial development takes its course. The result is a slippage between history and its many emotional associations; what’s left are mixed feelings of remorseful nostalgia and relief that bygones are indeed bygone. In The Pearl, Cuban American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya takes up the d... [more]

20130627145248-luncheon After Dark   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Fay Ku at Eight Modern May 31st, 2013 - July 14th, 2013
Posted 6/28/13

Asa nisa masa, a phrase from Fellini’s 8½, is an incantation recalled from the childhood of the film’s protagonist, Guido. In the film we see a young Guido utter the phrase repeatedly while wildly jumping and flapping his arms in the hopes of summoning a painting on his bedroom wall to come to life. The current exhibition on view at Eight Modern gallery by Fay Ku owes its title to Guido’s memorable hymn. When you remove the second syllable of each word in the phrase asa nisa masa, what is left is... [more]

20140130160702-angledview Material World   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Red Dot Gallery May 24th, 2013 - June 28th, 2013
Posted 5/30/13

Materials are often an afterthought in the artistic process; something to be snatched up in an art supply superstore from fluorescent-lit shelves of chromatically organized jars and tubes. Among artists who hunt for and process their own materials, however, medium becomes an inevitable focal point of the work. The romance of mixing minerals with egg yolk or spreading a tea stain across a blank page can become its own intriguing story, independent from the subject of the final piece. In Rare Ear... [more]

20130427170934-o Caught in the Web   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Leigh, Larry Bob Phillips at Munoz-Waxman Gallery April 18th, 2013 - May 5th, 2013
Posted 4/27/13

The Big Hoot, a new installation currently on view at CCA, is a towering and tangled sight to behold. The ceiling-high piece dominates the entire peripheral area of the warehouse-style Munoz Waxman Front Gallery. The work is made up of interconnected segments of wood; acrylic paint in psychedelic colors decorates the rolling surface of the interconnecting parts; cartoonish figures thrust out at the viewer from various angles, pulling you into a visual roller coaster that moves up and down a ser... [more]


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