(re)LAUNCH  Posted by  Events
Apr 062015

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 25, 2015 6-8 pm 2015
by appointment April 26 – May 2

Featuring artists from Cyndi Conn’s dynamic Launch Projects:

Rita Bard, Danae Falliers, Grant Hayunga, Munson Hunt, Jennifer Joseph & Chris Collins, Patrick McFarlin, Clayton Porter, Willy Richardson, Tete de Veau, Eric Tillinghast, Lucrecia Troncoso, Jordan West

cyndi connOffroad Productions
2891-B Trades West Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87507

Feb 102015
Ray with one of this new works in 2013. Photo: Facebook

Rex Ray, the San Francisco-based fine artist and graphic designer known for large-scale, brightly colored, 1960s-inspired, often psychedelic paintings, has succumbed today after a long battle with cancer. Ray, who’d been active on Facebook up until the last week of his illness, entered hospice care over the weekend and posted — or had help posting — one final message to friends this morning, saying, “I’ve left the building. xo.”

SFist confirmed the death with Ray’s gallery, Gallery 16 in SoMa, which submits their own obit that you can read in part below.

Ray had shown work at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum in Berkeley, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Cheryl Haines Gallery. In 2013, he was commissioned to do a mural for the barricade covering the construction of the new Levi’s flagship store on Market Street.

In addition to his paintings, Ray was well known to local concert-goers for having designed over 100 concert posters for Bill Graham Presents, including for shows by The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, REM, Bjork, U2, and Radiohead, a couple of which you can see below. He had also done graphic work for Apple, Dreamworks, Sony Music, Warner Brothers, City Lights Publishers, and Matador Records, as well as package designs for Diamanda Galás, Matmos, and Deee-Lite.

Writing for ArtSlant last year on the occasion of a solo show at Gallery 16, Kara Q. Smith wrote, “[These latest works] reflect a zenith of Ray’s prolific body of work, beaming proudly forward, as the artist himself battles illness. Prednisporata represents Ray’s unrelenting need to create beauty, to create that which will never fade, even as his health flickers and dims.”

From Gallery 16’s obituary, in part:

Celebrated artist and graphic designer Rex Ray died on February 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California after a prolonged struggle with cancer. A major cultural force in the art, literary, and activist communities in the Bay Area, he was recognized for his collage pop aesthetic.

Born Michael Patterson in Germany on a United States army base in 1956, he grew up in Colorado Springs and studied fine art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 1981 he moved to San Francisco, completed his BFA at San Francisco Art Institute, where he entered graduate studies. During an era of anti-beauty aesthetics, Rex Ray committed himself to a lifelong practice embedded in beauty.

His career took off with ubiquitous digital designs produced as guerrilla marketing for nightclubs and rock ’n’ roll shows. He created the first t-shirts and posters for the San Francisco chapter of the protest group Act Up. An innovator in graphic arts, he was one of the first to embrace Mac-based technology combining color xerox, photo souvenirs, and typefaces of his own design…

In the early 90s, rebelling against his own highly successful computer graphics business, he returned to his studio practice generating a prolific body of work. His collage and painting of the last twenty years is marked by the use of parabolic forms, double images, and seemingly infinite repetition of eye-popping compositions. In Rex Ray: Art + Design (Chronicle Books, 2007) acclaimed novelist and cultural critic Douglas Coupland writes “Rex’s art correlates closely to that of other artists who seemingly cross over from design or pop art graphics, such as Takashi Murakami or Ryan McGinness.”

Rex Ray is survived by his sister, Jean Cathey, and his brother, Kevin Patterson; Tim Gleason, Amy Scholder, Cydney Payton, Gent Sturgeon, and an enormous community of beloved friends.

Feb 102015

AXLE INDOORS opens this Friday, 5-7 pm.
Axle Indoors
at Peters Projects
over 140 artists
from the past five years of Axle’s exhibitions

February 13 – March 21
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 13th, 5-7 pm

1011 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM, map

www.axleart.com www.petersprojects.com

Craig Anderson, Philip Augustin, Jamison Chas. Banks, Nova Cynthia Barker, Brad Bealmear, Ernest Bell, Jeff Benham, Bobbe Besold, Michael Bisbee, Jonathan Blaustein, Gay Block, Burning Books, Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton, Charlie Carrillo, Susan Case, Paula Castillo, Matthew Chase-Daniel, Dana Chodzko, Chris Collins, Sydney Cooper, Glenn Craley, Guy Cross, Lisa de St. Croix, Luke Dorman, Nina Elder, Alexandra Eldridge, Betsy Emil, Jay Etkin, Lisa Freeman, Robert Gaylor, Abraham Gelbart, Christy Georg, Shaun Gilmore, Kirk Gittings, Victoria Goldman, Michelle Goodman, Sondra Goodwin, Meggan Gould, Charles Greeley, Danny Green, Jamie Hamilton, Fran Hardy, James Hart, Karina Noel Hean, Christy Hengst, Helmut Hillenkamp, Elodie Holmes, Cheri Ibes, Bart Johnson, Jennifer Joseph, Peter Joseph, Kathamann, Don Kennell, Shirley Klinghoffer, Ai Krasner, Leigh Anne Langwell, Eve Andree Laramee, Katherine Lee, Willis Lee, Joanne Lefrak, David Leigh, Patti Levey, Tamara Lichtenstein, Emilee Lord, Richard Lowenberg, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Ana MacArthur, Jacqueline Mallegni, Dara Mark, Nina Mastrangelo, Thelma Mathias, Dominique Mazeaud, Kathleen McCloud, Diane McGregor, Nick Merrick, Lia Moldovan, Duane Monczewski, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Jonathan Morse, Michael Motley, August Muth, Patrick Nagatani, David Nakabayashi, Stacey Neff, Timothy Nero, Eugene Newmann, Lara Nickel, Mayumi Nishida, Nancy Ziegler Nodelman, Gabriel Luis Perez, Larry Bob Phillips, Prakash, Gail Rieke, Zachariah Rieke, Carolyn Riman, Janet Stein Romero, Meridel Rubenstein, David Rudolph, Donna Ruff, Janet Russek, Kate Russell, Tara Raye Russo, Key Sanders, Celia Luz Santos, Mark Saxe, Suzanne Sbarge, David Schienbaum, Michael Schippling, Sam Scott, Danielle Shelley, Conrad Skinner, David Sloan, Steve Smith, Gerry Snyder, Brandon Soder, Catie Soldan, Mark Spencer, Steina, Dianne Stromberg, Signe Stuart, Nancy Sutor, Linda Swanson, Carrie Tafoya, Myriam Tapp, Gina Telcocci, Victor Teng, Bunny Tobias, Edie Tsong, Lisa Olive Tyrrell, Woody Vasulka, Peter Voshefski, DeeAnne Wagner, Janice Wall, Erika Wanenmacher, Marion Wasserman, Jerry Wellman, Raina Wellman, Kappy Wells, Jerry West, Melanie West, Betsy Williams, Robin D. Williams, Will Wilson, Cedra Wood, Francesca Yorke, Greta Young, Joan Zalenski

and coming in March
Axle Indoors
Poetry & Performance Art
at Peters Projects
1011 Paseo de Peralta
Saturday, March 14, 1-4pm


Chuck Calabreze, Lauren Camp, Deborah Casillas, Joanne Dominique Dwyer, Jamie Figueroa, Teresa Gallion, Christopher J. Johnson, John Knoll, Jane Lin, Jane Lipman, Joan Logghe, Valerie Martinez, Stella Reed, Barbara Robidoux, Rick Smith, Marguerite Wilson

Performance Artists

Madelin Coit, Ross Hamlin, Mara Leader and Jason Goodyear, Molly Sturges

Jan 302015

The first exhibition, Reverberant Matter, will open Friday, Feb. 13

Reverberant Matter/Project I

Feb. 13–27, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 13, 5–7 p.m.
Wade Wilson Art
217 West Water Street, Santa Fe

Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) will collaborate with Wade Wilson Art this spring to put on several university-curated exhibitions in the Wade Wilson Art contemporary gallery, a 3,700-square-foot space in the heart of Santa Fe. SFUAD@Wade Wilson Art is a series of three exhibitions, curated by SFUAD art professor David Leigh, that examine the historical and contemporary relationships that have formed the Art Department at SFUAD. The first of these curatorial projects, Reverberant Matter, will open Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. It will highlight work by SFUAD students, alumni, faculty and guest artists, including Franco Andres, Nouel Riel, Brandon Soder, Daisy Quezada, Tom Miller, Willy Richardson and Cedra Wood.

Reverberant Matter uses the framework of material and scale to consider work from both students and professional artists, across and within educational and community contexts.

“It becomes a question of dialogue and influence, of looking back as well as looking ahead,” said Leigh. “Material and scale are a significant focus in the work of these artists, and those concerns resonate and form relationships between the works in this exhibition. This collaboration with Wade Wilson Art also gives SFUAD students exposure to gallery practices outside the classroom and enables them to further interface with the Santa Fe community in a professional atmosphere.”

Established in 2006, with a Santa Fe presence beginning in 2012, Wade Wilson Art highlights work of the highest caliber from artists in national and international contemporary art circles. Wilson continues his professional and personal commitment, more than two decades long, to the visual arts and arts education through his interaction with both the for-profit and nonprofit arts communities.

“Wade Wilson’s generous invitation to Santa Fe University of Art and Design is both a tangible statement of support for the university and a gesture of confidence in the education of young artists,” said Linda Swanson, dean of SFUAD’s School of Visual and Communication Arts. SFUAD@Wade Wilson Art will also present events from across other artistic mediums that span the breadth of SFUAD programs, including musical performances, readings, artist talks and screenings.

About SFUAD’s Art Department

The Art Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design offers coursework in both materials-based studio art (painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics) and contemporary practice, such as installation, projected image, performance and video. Coursework in art history enriches and contextualizes this study. Faculty members are acclaimed artists with active careers, as well as mentors who support each student in finding his or her artistic voice. Students may earn a BA or BFA degree and can individualize and expand their program with electives from within the department or from other disciplines. They have the opportunity to exhibit in several campus galleries and to pursue internships within Santa Fe’s internationally renowned arts community as they prepare for successful careers as working artists and in arts-related fields. The Art Department is housed in the Visual Arts Center, a striking complex of buildings designed by award-winning architect Ricardo Legorreta.

About Wade Wilson and Wade Wilson Art

Wade Wilson founded Wade Wilson Art in 2006. In July 2012, he opened Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe. Wilson’s career path reflects a successful record of curatorial, critical and commercial successes in the visual arts, coupled with a solid background in management, promotions and public relations. Wilson earned a B.A. in Environmental Design at the University of New Mexico, where he also minored in art history. He completed an M.A. in English at Texas Christian University and later pursued doctoral studies in postmodernist art, architecture and literature. Since 2000, Wilson has chaired, hosted and/or organized more than 50 galas, fundraisers and benefits and helped raise more than $8,000,000 for arts and other organizations.

Media Contact:

Lauren Eichmann

Jan 292015

peters projects
In celebration of their fifth anniversary, Axle Contemporary will be coming in from the cold this February in a collaborative exhibition with Peters Projects. In a month-long exhibition, all of the artists who have previously exhibited at Axle have been invited to participate. Over 100 artists have replied favorably to the invitation, and more are coming in every day. Please stay tuned to learn more as the date for the exhibition nears.

Jan 292015

On display Nov 7, 2014 – Mar 29, 2015

The diverse artworks brought together by a process of “Hunting + Gathering” are grouped thematically in ways intended to open up a reading of the work through new and unexpected juxtapositions. The title refers to the curatorial process of developing and cultivating the growth of the Museum’s permanent collection. As a collecting institution, the New Mexico Museum of Art holds artworks on behalf of the public with the intention of caring for the works and making them accessible to visitors. The Museum’s mission and established collecting criteria guide curators in evaluating art offered and in seeking out work that will enhance the collection. In this exhibition, artworks that might not otherwise be shown together are arranged in creative contexts making use of this opportunity to showcase new additions to the Museum’s holdings.

While it is true that most museums show only a portion of their collection at any given time, growing art holdings expands museum capacity. Artwork that enters the collection now may not be shown immediately but gives curators more choices in designing future exhibitions. An unchanging permanent collection installation can get stale. Having options for a variety of collections-based exhibitions shows off the vibrancy of the collection and engages audiences by making the art come alive in novel ways. Artworks in the collection are utilized in other ways as well. They are a resource for scholars and researchers of art, for example. Museums also loan artworks to other institutions which allows new audiences to see the art in person. Museums hold art in the public trust and make the works of art accessible.

Hunting + Gathering presents a sampling of artworks that have entered the Museum of Art’s collection since 2010. The exhibition comprises nearly 200 works of art in a range of media that includes painting, photography, sculpture, prints, ceramics, mixed media, textiles, and drawings. The exhibition encompasses a broad cross-section of work by artists working locally and internationally. Among the artists included are Joyce Neimanas, Francisco Zúñiga, Woody Gwyn, Martha Opdahl, Betty Hahn, John Garrett, Richard Diebenkorn, Sol LeWitt, Robert Motherwell, Louise Crow, Will Wilson, Jennifer Schlesinger Hanson, Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, David Taylor, Fritz Scholder, John Beech, Harry Callahan, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Heinecken, Brett Weston, Donna Ruff, and many others.

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

Email us for VIP tickets to Miami Project!

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)