2016 August, Inaugural Edition of the Santa Fe Art ProjectAugust 9, 2016: The inaugural Santa Fe Art Project brings together over 50 artists and curators to feature the best of the city’s contemporary and cutting-edge art by emerging and yet-to-be-discovered artists. From September 9 to October 23, the six-week exhibition offers lectures, discussions, guided tours, and studio visits along with public and private receptions that will include a cross section of Santa Fe’s contemporary cultural scene in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and new media art.
“Santa Fe possesses an amazing history of visual creativity,” notes project director David Eichholtz. “For over 100 years the city has been home for an impressive roster of many of the world’s most recognized artists. The Santa Fe Art Project aims to weave this history into the present tapestry of creative talent.”
The project will bring together not only an impressive array of contemporary art by emerging and yet-to-be-discovered artists but will feature many of Santa Fe’s collectives as well as independent and established curators who have helped to nurture this kaleidoscope of creative energy. “Leave your preconceptions of adobes and desert landscapes behind,” says Eichholtz. “The Santa Fe Art Project aims to defy expectations.”
Individual artists have always been part of the vibrant and forward-thinking Santa Fe art community. From 1904 when Carlos Vierra arrived from New York and was later joined by such important and influential artists as Marsden Hartley, George Bellows, John Sloan and Randall Davey, Santa Fe has been home to local and transplanted artists who impact the visual arts landscape.
The community expanded in the latter part of the 20th century with creative luminaries such as John McCracken, Bruce Nauman, Lucy Lippard, Harmony Hammond, Larry Bell, Ken Price, Lynda Benglis, Deborah Butterfield, Judy Chicago, Richard Tuttle, Terry Winter and Woody and Steina Vasulka among others. UNESCO recognized Santa Fe’s historic role in nurturing creative talent by awarding it as a global ‘Creative City’ in 2005.
The tradition continues today with a new generation of artists. Independent curatorial projects such as SCUBA, Radical Abacus, Strangers Collective, the ambitious artists group Meow Wolf, and David Richard Gallery’s DR Projects provide platforms for emerging talent that has begun to receive critical attention from around the world.
The Santa Fe Art Project runs September 9 – October 23, 2016 at 1570 Pacheco Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, phone: 505 780 8542. Visit www.thesantafeartproject.com for details.
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