LewAllen Galleries is one of the oldest and largest galleries of leading contemporary and modern art outside of New York City. Exhibiting in three locations, LewAllen is widely respected as one of the leading fine art venues in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the nation's second largest art market. Operating for more than 35 years on Palace Avenue near the New Mexico Museum of Art, the gallery maintains a robust show schedule each year in its 11,000 square feet of museum-like exhibition space. It has recently completed a stunning 14,000 square foot, architecturally forward new gallery building in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District. LewAllen also operates a satellite gallery at the luxurious Encantado Resort by Auberge in Tesuque, north of the City of Santa Fe.
LewAllen Galleries is comprised of two vital divisions: the Contemporary Division that over its long history has earned a reputation both national and international for representing some of the nation's best-known living painters and sculptors, alongside leading-edge up-and-comers, and the Modern Division that curates and presents signal works from masters of American and European Modernism in accord with the highest standards of connoisseurship, scholarship and ethical practice. LewAllen is frequently cited by major collectors and curators as one of the finest galleries in the nation. Gallery exhibitions are often the subject of reviews and profile coverage in leading art magazines such as ARTnews, Art in America and Artforum as well as in local and regional publications.
The Contemporary Division features work in a variety of media and its artists represent many schools of contemporary art, including Realist, Pop, Abstract, Color Field, Minimalist, Op, Geometric Abstraction and Expressionist. Its internationally diverse roster includes such noted artists as Audrey Flack, Woody Gwyn, Judy Chicago, John Fincher, Emily Mason, Bernard Chaet, Robert Natkin, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Forrest Moses, Hiroshi Yamano, Janet Fish, Ed Mieczkowski and Bill Barrett, among others. During its history, the gallery has also presented the work of such historically notable artists as Fritz Scholder, Georgia O'Keeffe, Robert Colescott, Luis Jimenez, Ida Kohlmeyer, Thornton Dial, Donald Roller Wilson and Larry Rivers, among many others.
The Modern Division is fortunate to represent fine collections, museums, and individuals in assisting placement in the secondary market for American and European Modernist works of distinction and unusual quality. The Department employs professional art historical resources and prides itself on diligence regarding provenance and authentication as well as unusual levels of research, and curatorial attention dedicated to presenting museum-level exhibitions of signal works of the Modern era. Representative works of uncustomary importance to major international collections include those by such Modern masters as Picasso, Matisse, Renoir, Chagall, Pollock, Kline, Rothko and Modigliani, among numerous others.
More than 20 major solo and group exhibitions are staged in the gallery each year and often include informative lectures, artist talks, musical performances and other programs that complement the art on display. Major exhibitions are also accompanied by scholarly catalogues published by the gallery and including essays by leading international art critics and historians.
With collectors from around the world, the gallery utilizes state-of-the-art technology, the Internet and other forms of distance communication in helping clients build important collections. The gallery has a large following among corporations, public art spaces, museums and prominent private collectors in whose collections the works of its represented artists appear.