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Brush with Death

David Nakabayashi’s paintings get lost in the middle of nowhere

Art Features In his artist’s statement for Winterstate, David Nakabayashi says the inspiration for his new stock of paintings is a near-death experience: a wintry car accident that left him stranded on the side of the...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 John Photos

Kissing Cousins

Santa Fe plays host to two international photo exhibits that look nothing alike

Art Features The simultaneous photogrphy exhibitions at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art and Skotia Gallery oppose one another in nearly every way. In doing so, they trace the divergent paths contemporary photography has taken...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 John Photos

Reality Bytes

LewAllen examines the contemporary landscape of contemporary landscapes

Art Features Vanishing Points marks the launch of LewAllen Projects with a curated group exhibition in the gallery’s Railyard location. The man behind the curtain is Alex Ross, an employee of LewAllen and a sometime a...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 John Photos

Overexposed

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
 
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