May 26, 2016
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In saving the West, Ansel Adams may have destroyed photography

Art Features My relationship with Ansel Adams, to use the current parlance, is complicated. One cannot deny his technical mastery. He literally wrote the book—several, actually—on darkroom photography. So what i...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 John Photos

Freedom of Press

A new gallery tries to fill the gap

Art Features It took Christopher Benson 25 years to graduate from art school. After leaving in 1982, he returned to the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and completed the final year of his program to receive a BFA in p...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 John Photos

Moral History

Jerry West paints the personal, the public and the profound

Art Features Every town has a biographer, and painter Jerry West comes by the role of Santa Fe’s biographer naturally. Over dinner, the entirety of our conversation revolved around the history and geography of New Mex...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 John Photos

Visual Jazz

Clichés become clichés because they’re true

Art Features I need to confess something: I don’t usually go for abstract painting. In the course of history, the rejection of illusionism (the attempt to make a painted object appear real) seems important but, at...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 John Photos

Another Man’s Treasure

Lance Letscher slices, dices and designs devices.

Art Features Collage may be the most relevant medium for contemporary culture. The cutting up and repurposing of discarded and obsolete print media is the artist’s version of recycling and sustainability. It reflects ...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 John Photos

Collective Calls

The words change, but the message stays the same

Art Features Telephone is a moralistic game; it serves as a warning not to believe everything one hears. It spells out the danger of spreading rumors and the importance of checking one’s sources. Though it is only a...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 John Photos

Sweet Nothings

John Tinker wants to be your sugar daddy

Art Features My favorite exhibitions are the ones that transform reality so that I feel less like I’m in a gallery looking at a picture and more like I’m inside someone’s skull and the artwork is the emb...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 John Photos

Living Dead

Skotia Gallery reopens with a bang, but was it ever closed?  

Art Features If I were trying to sign on with a gallery, I might think about Skotia Gallery. The high ceilings, dark interior, and happy chirps and hums of staff-selected techno music create a comfortable atmosphere. The...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 John Photos

The Sound of Silence

Monroe Gallery’s photo show makes a real racket

Art Features As I stood in front of a 1972 photograph of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed arm-in-arm, I wondered if I was able to accurately assess the image. Was I drawn to Bowie’s piercing eyes, Reed’s impos...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 John Photos


Jimi Gleason’s paintings are a real drag—and it’s a good thing

Art Features The inviting tactility of Jimi Gleason’s painted surfaces promises to enhance the viewing experience. It follows that my thoughts should remain so sensory, since the absence of subject matter leaves one w...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 John Photos
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Morning Word: Trump Irreverent at Protested Rally

Morning Word New York billionaire takes a swing at Gov. Susana Martinez after she declines to appear on stage with him or endorse his presidential campaign. ... More

May 25, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


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