A fair to re­mem­ber

Art Santa Fe’s 15th year

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPOS - Michael Abatemarco

The Santa Fe tri­fecta, which in­cludes the In­ter­na­tional Folk Art Mar­ket and up­com­ing ex­hibits at SITE Santa Fe, kicks off with Art Santa Fe, the an­nual in­ter­na­tional art fair at the Santa Fe Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. This year’s fair, which runs from Fri­day, July 10, through Sun­day, July 12, in­cludes gal­lerists and deal­ers from Ja­pan, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Chile, among other lo­ca­tions. Mu­seum di­rec­tor Don Baci­galupi gives the key­note lec­ture on Satur­day, July 11. Bruce Don­nelly’s award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary on Cuban artists, Alumbrones, screens through­out the week­end. Dar­ian Ro­driguez Mederos’ por­trait Estig­mas (2015) is on the cover.

Ev­ery year at Art Santa Fe, visi­tors are treated to a host of of­fer­ings from in­ter­na­tional gal­lerists and deal­ers, some new, some re­turn­ing. Now in its 15th year, the in­ter­na­tional art fair, helmed by lo­cal gallery owner Char­lotte Jack­son, con­tin­ues to bring fresh tal­ent to Santa Fe. For 2015, the fair fea­tures ex­hibitors and art­work from South Africa, Ja­pan, Korea, Chile, Canada, Costa Rica, and the United States. Cuban artists rep­re­sented by Mi­ami-based Conde Con­tem­po­rary are in at­ten­dance, as well as more than a dozen artists from South Africa, ar­riv­ing un­der the ban­ner Con­tem­po­rary Art South Africa.

The fair runs from Fri­day, July 10, through Sun­day, July 12, at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. High­lights in­clude Ja­panese artist Takashi In­aba’s mon­u­men­tal Puz­zle Pro­ject, com­pris­ing in­di­vid­ual puz­zle pieces, each de­signed by a dif­fer­ent artist — this year’s Pro­ject Space in­stal­la­tion — and Los Pioneros, an in­stal­la­tion of life-sized ef­fi­gies of chil­dren by Cuban-born artist Aurora Molina, rep­re­sented by Conde Con­tem­po­rary. The ki­netic in­stal­la­tion is based on Molina’s ex­pe­ri­ence with child­hood ed­u­ca­tion in com­mu­nist Cuba. Also unique to the fair are two large-scale in­tri­cate ta­pes­tries by award-win­ning fiber artist Sola, works by mul­ti­me­dia Costa Ri­can artist Gio­conda Ro­jas How­ell, and Cu­bist-inspired works by John An­dro Aven­daño from Sam­mamish, Washington. First-time ex­hibitor Mar­cia We­ber Art Ob­jects, a gallery spe­cial­iz­ing in self-taught out­sider art by artists such as Thorn­ton Dial and Jim­mie Lee Sud­duth, is in at­ten­dance, as well as re­turn­ing pre­sen­ters the New Mexico Mu­seum of Art, Al­bu­querque’s Park Fine Art, which brought Korean pa­per­mak­ing demon­stra­tions to Art Santa Fe in years past, Ja­pan’s Gallery Edel, and Ra­dius Books, whose pub­lisher David Chickey gives a talk, “Do Books Mat­ter?” in the Coron­ado Room of the Con­ven­tion Cen­ter on Fri­day at 1 p.m.

The key­note talk on Satur­day evening is by newly ap­pointed di­rec­tor of Chicago’s forth­com­ing Lu­cas Mu­seum of Nar­ra­tive Art, Don Baci­galupi, for­mer di­rec­tor of the Crys­tal Bridges Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Film­maker Bruce Don­nelly’s doc­u­men­tary on con­tem­po­rary Cuban artists, Alumbrones, screens on all three days of the fair. Two of the artists fea­tured in the film will be present. Art Santa Fe is the city’s sec­ond in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary art expo of the sea­son, fol­low­ing June’s Cur­rents fes­ti­val of new media, and of­fers an al­ter­na­tive to the fare on sale at the In­ter­na­tional Folk Art Mar­ket, which runs con­cur­rently on Mu­seum Hill. The Folk Art Mar­ket, Art Santa Fe, and SITE Santa Fe’s sum­mer ex­hi­bi­tions, SITE 20 Years/20

Shows Sum­mer and Un­sus­pected Pos­si­bil­i­ties (both of which open on July 18), form “the Santa Fe Tri­fecta,” of­fer­ing visi­tors an eclec­tic look at col­lo­quial, fine, and con­tem­po­rary art from Santa Fe and be­yond.

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