Art Santa Fe opens with a vernissage at the Community Center
Art Santa Fe international art fair brings dealers and gallerists from Japan, Costa Rica, Cuba, South Africa, Chile, Canada, and the United States to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.) for its annual fête of art, parties, and special events. The homegrown fair, now in its 15th year, caters to the tastes of collectors with interests in contemporary art in all mediums. A number of South African artists attend this year’s fair, bringing with them a diverse selection of contemporary art. Art Santa Fe also presents installations by Cuban artist Aurora Molina, whose Los Pioneros project is a commentary on growing up in the Communist nation, and Japanese artist Takashi Inaba’s
Puzzle Project, consisting of individual puzzle pieces, each one designed by a different artist. In addition, Park Fine Art from Albuquerque, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and Radius Books are all represented, as well as returning international galleries such as Japan’s Gallery Edel. This year’s keynote speaker is Don Bacigalupi, former director of Arkansas’ Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and founding president of the forthcoming Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. His talk “Building the 21st Century Museum: Crystal Bridges and Beyond” is at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at the New Mexico History Museum (113 Lincoln Ave.). Tickets are $10.
Events begin with the vernissage on Thursday, July 9, at 5 p.m. Tickets for this gala champagne event and preview are $100. The fair continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Friday, July 10, to Sunday, July 12. Attendance on Friday and through the weekend is $10 per person for each day of the fair. VIP passes are available for $125 and include admission to the vernissage and the Art in America party and access to the fair on all three days. Tickets for all events are available from Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org) or at the door. Call Art Santa Fe at 505-988-8883 for more information or visit www.artsantafe.com. — Michael Abatemarco
Staying just long enough at the fair: 2014 Art Santa Fe visitors take in the diverse selections