Dec 022014

It’s time for the annual migration to Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach, its ever-expanding roster of satellite fairs and pop-up exhibitions, and the impossible schedule of parties and performances all week long (December 1–7, 2014).

New Mexico galleries will participate in Miami Project and Art Miami this year:

Levy Gallery
Setting up the booth at Richard Levy Miami Project, Monday December 1, 2014

December 2 – 7, 2014

Miami Project
Richard Levy Gallery
Booth 617 | Albuquerque, NM

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Art Miami
William Shearburn Gallery
Booth B26 | Santa Fe, NM

Yares Art Projects
Booth C6 | Santa Fe, NM

Joan Mitchell, Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland


Art Fairs

  • Art Basel Miami Beach (1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, Florida) — The big kahuna keeps getting bigger; this year’s edition of Miami’s marquee fair boasts a terrifying lineup of nearly 300 galleries. An especially noteworthy addition this year is the art historically inclined “Survey” sector, whose debut edition includes 13 exhibitions looking at artists and movements that rose to prominence in the second half of the 20th century, including the Brazilian painter Alfredo Volpi and the conceptual artist Michelle Stuart. And when you feel your retinas starting to detach from an abundance of visual stimuli, take a stroll over to the fair’s outdoor sculpture garden in Collins Park. (VIP preview: December 3, 11 am–8 pm)
  • Aqua Art Miami (1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — Now in its 10th year, Aqua once again takes up residence in the rooms surrounding the Aqua Hotel courtyard. In addition to the low-pressure setting, the satellite fair boasts one of the week’s most eclectic exhibitor lists, which includes Artêria from Quebec and Galerie 103 from the island of Kauai in Hawaii. (VIP preview: December 3, 3–10 pm)
  • Art Miami (3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami) — With its 125 participating galleries, this 25-year-old fair is one of the biggest among ABMB’s satellites. Distinguishing features of this year’s Art Miami include a focus on artists and galleries from Berlin organized in partnership with the Galleries Association of Berlin and a group exhibition of site-specific installations around the theme of value located in the fair’s bustling passageways (which link it to its sister fair, Context). (VIP preview: December 2, 5:30–10 pm)
  • Concept Art Fair (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami) — This tiny fair (only 16 exhibitors) has a valid excuse: It takes place on a megayacht. The SeaFair Mega Yacht, to be exact, which is moored in Biscayune Bay at Bayfront Park and will host the week’s only art fair devoted to showing and selling secondary market works. The SeaFair will also host the premiere of “Pull of the Moon,” the video work made by Navajo artist Bert Benally and the Chinese artist-activist Ai Weiwei, in its “projection dome.” (VIP preview: December 2, 6–7:30 pm)
  • Context Art Miami (2901 NE 1st Avenue, Miami) — From the folks also bringing you Art Miami and Aqua, Context prides itself on its tight curation — this year’s curatorial committee includes Alberto Magnan and Dara Metz, of New York gallery Magnan Metz, and Mexico City dealer Enrique Guerrero, among others. The lineup of 80 galleries they’ve picked is an agreeably offbeat and international bunch, such as ten472 Contemporary Art from Nevada City and Da Xiang Art Space from Taichung, Taiwan. And if you need your Banksy fix for the week, stop by the Bankrobber booth to check out “Art Buff,” which was promptly excavated and flown across the pond after the secretive street artist painted it on a wall in Folkestone in September. (VIP preview: December 2, 5:30–10 pm)
  • Design Miami (Meridian Avenue and 19th Street, Miami Beach) — Far from merely providing the modernist couch to match the massive painting you just bought across the street at ABMB, this fair’s 35 exhibitors aim to showcase the very best in modern and contemporary design, including new commissions created expressly for the occasion and an immersive “Curio” section in which dealers, curators, and designers curate total environments marrying art, furniture, decorative elements, and functional objects. (VIP preview: December 2, 12–8 pm)
  • Ink Miami Art Fair (1850 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — As its name suggests, this small but underrated fair housed in the Suites of Dorchester hotel and sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association focuses exclusively on works on paper. Its intimate setting and (comparatively) small-scale works are a welcome antidote to the bigger-is-better attitude that prevails at most of the week’s other fairs. (Preview breakfast: December 3, 9–11 am)
  • Mana Miami (318 NW 23rd Street, Miami) — As self-storage mogul Moishe Mana’s art empire continues to expand, he’s launching a fair at his Miami hub with a lineup of three exhibitions: “Mana Monumental,” featuring, you guessed it, big art by boldfaced names like Julian Schnabel, and David Salle; a show of prints produced by Gary Lichtenstein Editions (a Mana tenant in Jersey City) for the likes of Jessica Stockholder, Marina Abramović, and others; and, most intriguingly, a show curated by Osvaldo Romberg featuring 23 Latin American artists who subvert the rules of geometry in their abstract works. (VIP preview: December 2, 5:30–10 pm)
  • Miami Project (110 NE 36th Street, Miami) — With 69 galleries hailing from both coasts of the US and a few points in between, one thing that sets Miami Project apart from other satellite fairs is Andy Diaz Hope and Jon Bernson’s “Beautification Machine,” an interactive installation that will, according to fair, “neutralize the bile and fear spewed forth daily over the networks and transform polarizing media sources into vehicles of contemplation and peace.” By Friday, we will all be dying for some contemplation and peace. (VIP preview: December 2, 5:30–10 pm)
  • NADA Miami Beach (6701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — The New Art Dealers Association returns to the Deauville Beach Resort for their 11th outing in Miami with its usual mix of internationally revered nonprofits — Independent Curators International, Whitechapel Gallery, SculptureCenter, White Columns, etc. — and hip, mostly Lower East Side galleries, among them Rachel Uffner, On Stellar Rays, Invisible-Exports, and Nicelle Beauchene. (VIP preview: December 4, 10 am–2 pm)
  • Newd Art Show (2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach) — The upstart Brooklyn art fair is putting a decidedly Bushwick spin on the hotel fair trend for its Floridian debut, taking over part of the Freehand Miami hostel with a three-hour exhibition on Wednesday evening pairing Brooklyn’s SIGNAL with Los Angeles’s Metro PCS. (December 3, 6–9 pm)
  • Pulse Contemporary Art Fair (4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — A standby of the satellite circuit, Pulse has relocated to Indian Beach Park this year with 71 galleries and its trademark lineup of special projects, emerging gallery showcases, informal roundtable discussions, and artists competing for the coveted Pulse Prize. (Private preview brunch: December 4, 9 am–1 pm)
  • Scope (1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach) — We could tell you all sorts of things about Scope this year — its massive list of exhibitors, its successful Breeder Program for supporting young galleries, its focus on Korean galleries — but all you really need to know is that hip-hop producer extraordinaire and collector Swizz Beatz is curating an exhibition at the fair. (Platinum VIP Preview: December 2, 12–4pm; VIP preview: December 2, 4–8 pm)
  • Select Contemporary Art Fair (7200-7300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach) — Though we’re excited about Select’s showcases of works by Swoon and Rashaad Newsome, one of the entries listed under “Special Projects” on their website has us perplexed, a little project space from Germany called “Lufthansa First Class Experience.” (VIP preview: December 2, 4–8 pm)
  • Untitled (Ocean Drive and 12th Street, Miami Beach) — With 96 galleries in its revamped waterfront tent, Untitled’s third edition is its biggest to date. Among the special projects at the fair, the most enticing look to be an interactive installation piece titled “Solar Helix” by the duo MSHR (Brenna Murphy and Birch Cooper) and a totemic, sci-fi sculpture by Julia Kunin. There will also be new push-pin sculptures by Paul Ramírez Jonas and a new photo by Ryan McGinley, if that’s the type of thing you’re into. (VIP preview: December 2, 3–7 pm)


Sep 162014
Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Santa Fe Farmers Market

SPREAD is a community dinner that funds artists and creative initiatives. SPREAD seeks to provide micro-grants for innovative New Mexico-based artists. At each SPREAD, diners pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which they receive dinner and a ballot. The eight finalists present their work, and the artist who receives the most votes wins the crowd-funded grant.
Second Street Brewery and our dinner partner, Cowgirl BBQ.
And special thanks to our SPREAD Underwriters:

Rod Boren
David Rosen & Christopher Rocca, Home Team Santa Fe at Sotheby’s International Realty

Ticket Information

SPREAD 5.0 dinner will take place on Friday, October 24, at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Doors will open at 6:45pm.

Because all the ticket proceeds will become the grant for the winning artist proposal, tickets are sold CASH ONLY on a sliding scale $15-$50. Space is limited. Sorry, no phone or email reservations. All tickets will be sold in person at SITE in advance of the event on the following days:


Starting at 6pm at SITE Santa Fe: Limited tickets will be released for current SITE members only (two tickets per Member in line, cash only please). Not a member? Join now!


Starting at 6pm at SITE Santa Fe , tickets will be released for general public (two tickets per person in line, cash only please).




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Sep 162014

Filmmaker as Entrepreneur, A Panel Discussion
Location: Santa Fe Community College,
Board Room, 223

Filmmaker as Entrepreneur

A panel discussion entitled The Filmmaker as Entrepreneur, Board Room, West Wing Room 223. Panelists include Godfrey Reggio, Jose Jehuda Garcia, attorney, producer (Formally of REELZ television network) and Matt Page, producer of Enter the Dojo. Talia Kosh, Moderator.In collaboration with N.M. Film Foundation, this panel will focus on the quintessential entrepreneur: the filmmaker. Just how important is entrepreneurship in indie film? Making a film, like running a business, is a collaborative process. The digital world put the power back in the hands of the filmmaker. But what does this mean? It means the filmmaker has to think more like an entrepreneur, becoming a small business that lasts beyond the life of a particular film. Come hear a panel of film industry entrepreneurs talk about how to seize opportunity in our digital landscape, how to strengthen your brand and audience and embrace the entrepreneurial skill-set of filmmaking.

Event is Free and open to the public.

New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts Summer Series “Artist as Entrepreneur” is produced by New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing artists and arts organizations with pro bono legal clinics and educational programming throughout New Mexico.

Sep 162014

taos the paseo

The Paseo is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance and projection to the streets of Taos, New Mexico.

Occurring in collaboration with Taos Fall Arts Festival, The Paseo unites the 2014 fall arts venues, creating a new platform for the public display of art within the Taos Historic District.

Core Ethos
Creating a platform for art that is: experimental, time-based, ephemeral, participatory, and context responsive
Encouraging a conversation on contemporary art practices; local and global
Engaging the local community through education, workshops, and presentations
Challenging art and audience: local and global
Supporting local artists and businesses; emergent and established
Respecting art making

Sep 092014

Visual Arts

Septemeber 13-14 2014 | Santa Fe Railyard

visual arts


The programming listed below takes place on Sunday, September 14 from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Railyard. Free.

Rebecca Alvarez will create Reminiscence, a collection of letterpress posters, each inspired by a person and displayed with a letter she has written to that person anonymously.

Axle Contemporary will present Economologies, a series that aims to “encourage a conversation around the intersections of economics, ecology and art, including critical commentary and new approaches and alternatives to the status quo.”

Seiya Bowen will show Vending Machines, a series of photographs in which he documents the “highly advanced vending machines” found in and around small villages in rural Japan.

Flamingo Pink! will present Art What You Hear(t), an interactive space in which audience members are encouraged to draw on booth walls in response to the music being performed by the artist.

Sydney Cooper will present Japanese Jewish Market, “a commentary on art and identity in Santa Fe” in which the artist presents and discusses objects made by herself, an authentic Japanese Jew.

Sofie Cruse will create a hanging implement of test tubes and flowers, each possessing its own unique color and smell and working together to filter and reflect sunlight.

Brittny Dayes will create The Curious Tumbleweed, “an installation of hand picked and hand painted New Mexican tumbleweeds.”

Aline Hunziker will display Lost and Found, a collection of works created by embroidering English and Spanish text onto pieces garbage to reflect her “mixed feelings about living in our post-industrial society, with all of its benefits and waste.”

INSIDE OUT will create a sneak preview of their October 11 exhibit at James Kelly Contemporary, which features work by Santa Fe artists who are receiving support for mental illness issues.

Erica Kramer and Katy Gross will create SEARING, pairing audio recordings with photographs to create “microenvironments of sound and image” that invoke a sense of the unique time and place that is contemporary Santa Fe.

Phat Le will create Silk, a video projection on fabric sculpture that represents the conflict inherent in the artist’s experience of US culture compared to the culture of his native Vietnam.

Shelbie Loomis will hang her works on paper and invite festivalgoers to engage in live portaiture as both artist and subject

New Mexico School for The Arts students will create an interactive installation

Jim Ricks (Dublin) will set up an photo studio that prints in ASCII, a vintage graphic design technique that uses the 95 printable characters of a computer to create images.

Christian Ristow (Taos) will install The Fledgling, a giant mechanical bird whose 43-foot wings are pedal-powered by festival-going humans. This project made possibly by the New Mexico Art in Public Places program.

Selavy Projects will create Beauty Mark, a jewelry store complete with display cases, mirrors, and a salesperson “that presents art and images of jewelry instead of actual jewelry” featuring work by Zoe Blackwell, Lara Nickel, Joanne Lefrak and Autry Tolbert.

Carl Smith (Berlin) will show Body Clock, Rewound, a group of paintings developed by combining images of contemporary dancers with images of watch parts.

Brandon Soder will show two years’ worth of portraits from The Yearbook Project at AHA Festivals past as well as sell limited edition copies of the yearbook itself.

The Soft Museum will create an interactive space for vending and trading their streetwear, boutique jewelry and art toys that combine their “kawaii, desert punk, and glamour aesthetic.”

Squirrel Mart will create SqArt-O-Mat Mega, a giant vending machine through which they “will craft objects, experiences and deep thoughts suitable for exchange with ‘customers’ via a series of levers, wires, mirrors, gears and projectiles.”

Todd Ryan White will show new work including affordable, limited-edition screen prints and a series of burned drawings created by using a soldering iron on paper.

Vanessa Wilde & Diego Alonso-Garcia will showcase their four-color process fine art prints and receive creative suggestions from the audience for live screenprinting of one-of-a-kind prints.

E.M. Wingren will create Twin, an interactive sound- and light-based installation that responds to the viewer’s movements, “with user-bodies and the space within the installation working together to create a space-instrument.”

Eric Todd and Roberto Perez (Houston) will create a 300-square foot interactive digital environment that will give the viewer “a chance to create his or her own distinct aesthetic experience.” This project made possible by the New Mexico Art in Public Places program.

Christopher Johnson will create an interactive poetry project in which audience members will be asked to contribute to an evolving poem whose lines are seeded by local poets including Dana Levin, Lauren Camp, Elizabeth Jacobson, Jon Davis, and Michael J. Wilson.

Sep 082014

Rose B. Simpson

“My expression is a boil-over of soul, a reflection provoking evolution. By processing what is very personal, I may present a predicament, suspend disbelief, or explore an alternative in order to harmonize with humanity. I am continually refining; hoping to instigate healing by revealing a truth that makes sense to any intuition.”

“i don’t want unexplained anger, i don’t want unexplained fear, i don’t want unexplained hope, i don’t want unexplained heartbreak, i want the raw TRUTH.”
Youtube: Artist – Rose B. Simpson
Youtube: ARTISODE 1.3 | Rose “Bean” Simpson | New Mexico PBS

Sep 082014

Roxanne Swentzell Biography

Sculptor, Santa Clara Pueblo

Roxanne Swentzell
Roxanne Swentzell was destined to be a talented artist.   Her family is full of renowned potters and sculptors.   Her talent was recognized early and she was given the opportunity to spend two years at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe before graduating from high school.   She then went on to the Portland Museum Art School.

Her first piece of art was a clay dog at the age of four.   After formal training and the development of her own style, Swentzell began to create full-length clay figures that represent the complete spectrum of the human spirit.   She feels that many people are out of touch with their environment and hopes relating to her expressive characters will help them get back in touch with their surroundings and feelings.    Her figures represent a full range of emotions and irrepressible moods.   Swentzell focuses a lot on interpretative female portraits attempting to bring back the balance of power between the male and female, inherently recognized in her own culture.   Additionally, she increasingly uses a powerful sense of humor to communicate.

Her work is in such high demand that people line up by the dozens at her booth at shows like Santa Fe Indian Market where she won Best of Sculpture in 1999 with a larger-than-life bronze.  Though steeped in her own culture, Swentzell’s work demonstrates an astounding universality, speaking to people of all cultures.