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by Eve Tolpa photography by Douglas Merriam

Santa Fe’s fine-art offerings continue to dazzle at galleries old and new

Lawrence Matthews sPENDS HIS DAYS surrounded by works by world-renowned masters like Miró, Chagall, Modigliani, and Toulouse-Lautrec. And he doesn’t live in New York or Paris; he’s right here in Santa Fe. Matthews is the owner and director of Matthews Gallery, one of a growing number of establishments in Santa Fe that deals in what some might all “higher end” art­—pieces valued at $50,000 and above. Matthews estimates that 15 to 20 percent of the art sold in town falls into that price range. Santa Fe, he says, is “not only thought of by collectors as a place where they can see work by regional artists, but [as a place where] they are able to see museum-quality work by really significant artists.” David Eichholtz of David Richard Contemporary, a downtown gallery specializing in post-war American abstraction, agrees. “It’s not just historic, regional art that’s selling here,” he says. “We have fine art galleries that sell works by nationally and internationally known artists to national and international clients . . . Santa Fe has a vibrant fine art scene.”

Lawrence Matthews, of Matthews Gallery on Canyon Road, is one of many Santa Fe gallerists who deals in works by internationally recognized masters.

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