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Second Chance

After a deep freeze, Chris Jonas’ Garden gets an extended growing season.

Art Features Chris Jonas' colossal project, Garden, has been reprised at CCA. The exhibition was unceremoniously cut short in December when CCA nearly folded, but now the venue is honoring its commitment to a project that i...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 John Photos


Meow Wolf doesn’t skimp on love—or ambivalence

Art Features The 5 pm deadline was hours away on Friday, Feb. 12, and the members of Meow Wolf were darting in and out of the ramshackle space they use as their gallery. Work was being hung and more work was arriving by the...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 John Photos

Getting to Know You

Be kind to thy neighbor, for they might be insane

Art Features Picking up where it left off with Talking Pictures, SITE Santa Fe continues its exploration of relationships with One on One, a tense group exhibition in which artists examine the lives of others, often at a di...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 John Photos

Kodak Moments

European babes, the Marlboro Man and windows are all at Verve

Art Features The new show at Verve Gallery of Photography is billed as a “three-person exhibition of documentary photography.” By my count, there are three persons and there is photography. I must be missing the...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 John Photos

Out on a Limb

This retrospective is bigger than the sum of its amputated parts

Art Features The Susan Rothenberg retrospective, Moving in Place, meets the criterion for museum show titles: It is vague and paradoxical in a way that hints at profundity. But it does a pretty good job of locking in on an ...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 John Photos

Signs of the Apocalypse

Stop by the Back Street Bistro Artspace for some doomsday paintings and quiche

Art Features Intellectually, it is hard to disagree with some of the claims the  Nicolas Gadboist makes in his exhibition of apocalyptic Americana—namely, that we suck and we are making a lot of mistakes—bu...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 John Photos

Blanket Statements

The slow season makes for good conversation

Art Features 222 Shelby, the smallish house, converted to a three-room gallery, is handsome, right down to the rug that sits at the foot of the desk. But don’t be fooled by the cozy atmosphere—Tom Tavelli, the g...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 John Photos


Watch out—Sharon Core will teach your old art new tricks

Art Features At first glance, I believed Sharon Core’s works to be slick oil paintings, specifically an homage to the 17th-century Flemish still life. There are ripened fruits and fanciful ceramics arranged carefully ...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 John Photos

Auld Lang Syne

How much can an art critic possibly learn in five months?

Art Features Since becoming SFR's art critic I’ve seen almost 150 shows, drank 4,000 plastic cups of chardonnay and written 20 reviews covering 23 different venues. In the fading sunlight of the calendar year, I began...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 John Photos

12 Grinches Griping

Christmas Comes to Canyon Road and Santa Fe Clay

Art Features Christmas is a weird time to go to art galleries. On the one hand, there are spaces that continue with regularly scheduled programs and risk seeming indifferent to Santa’s birthday. And then there are the...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 John Photos
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