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Art Santa Fe opens with a vernissage at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter

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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

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