Sixty ex­hibitors to show­case the work of around 1,000 artists at three-day event.

ART Santa Fe fea­tures 60 ex­hibitors from all over the world

Albuquerque Journal - - VENUE NORTH - BY KATHALEEN ROBERTS

This year’s 18th An­nual ART Santa Fe of­fers cu­rated con­tem­po­rary work rang­ing from cut­ting-edge photography to Ja­panese anime.

Housed in the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter be­gin­ning Fri­day, July 13, through Sun­day, July 15, the Red­wood Me­dia Group show re­volves around the theme of “Al­lure,” or the power of con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern art to se­duce, cap­ti­vate and charm.

The 60 ex­hibitors –– many of them gal­leries from Mi­ami, New York, Que­bec and Osaka –– will show­case the work of about 1,000 artists, said Eric Smith, owner of four fine art shows across the U.S.

Prices will range from $500 to $100,000, he said. Pho­tog­ra­pher Tim Tad­der will bring his solid color, large-for­mat fig­u­ra­tive work to Santa Fe for the first time.

“He’s been get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion,” Smith said. A sep­a­rate solo project area will of­fer works by in­de­pen­dent artists, such as im­pres­sion­ists/ ab­strac­tion­ists Kris and An­gela Geb­hart.

Gallery Edel of Osaka, Ja­pan, will again fea­ture famed artist Kusama Yayoi, known for her mas­sive in­stal­la­tions. The gallery also will of­fer works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and oth­ers.

Que­bec’s Sam­moun Fine Art will bring the works of land­scape artist Samir Sam­moun.

“I’ve known him for 20 years plus,” Smith said. “He’s an ex­cel­lent painter. He just fin­ished sell­ing 18 pieces in New York. They’re Van Gogh-like land­scapes with thick paint.”

The Hemp Mu­seum in Ber­lin will bring live demon­stra­tions and ex­hibits from artists who have ei­ther cre­ated art us­ing in­dus­trial hemp pa­pers and ma­te­ri­als or have in­cluded in­dus­trial hemp as a sub­ject mat­ter.

Smith’s Red­wood Me­dia Group bought ART Santa Fe from gal­lerist Char­lotte Jack­son three years ago. He owns sim­i­lar shows in New York, Mi­ami and San Diego.

“There’s a lot of (art fairs) now,” Smith said. “It’s in­ter­est­ing. When peo­ple were only buy­ing from gal­leries, they were pretty wealthy peo­ple.

“To­day’s col­lec­tors are younger and they don’t have time to do that be­cause they’re work­ing,” he con­tin­ued. “These art fairs have be­come a nice way to gather and col­lect. It’s a mat­ter of con­ve­nience.

“In Santa Fe, we don’t have as many young col­lec­tors as we do in Mi­ami,” Smith said. “Our col­lec­tors are 35-70, more in that range. (Santa Fe) is still the third­largest art mar­ket in Amer­ica.”

COURTESY OF SAM­MOUN FINE ART

“Champ de Co­queli­cots, France” by Samir Sam­moun

COURTESY OF ART SANTA FE

“Con­tem­plat­ing Frida” by Miguel Pare­des

COURTESY OF ART LINK IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

“Flow­ers” by Andy Warhol

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