Top: The Gerald Peters Gallery occupies a striking Pueblo-style building on Paseo de Peralta; middle, numerous acclaimed works are stored in one of the high-ceilinged inventory rooms at the Gerald Peters Gallery; bottom: one of the homey, salon-like sitting areas at Alan Barnes Fine Art.
december 2011 /january 2012
There is an important market in Santa Fe for new works by well-established and blue-chip artists—those with auction records reflecting a strong demand for their art. Judy Chicago and Julian Stanczak are among the artists showing at David Richard Contemporary, for example, while Peyton Wright Gallery represents the estates of several modernists, including Bauhaus legend Herbert Bayer. Many of the nationally acclaimed artists who live and work here exhibit at Santa Fe galleries too: locals Forrest Moses, the expressionistic landscape painter, and figurative sculptor Glenna Goodacre show at LewAllen Galleries and Nedra Matteucci Galleries, respectively, and abstract painter Ronald Davis, who lives in Arroyo Hondo, exhibits with Charlotte Jackson Fine Art. The secondary art market—which comprises works that come not from the artists or their estates but through other collectors or collectors’ estates—is even bigger in Santa Fe. Pieces by modern European masters, like those at Matthews Gallery, fall into this category, as does art by New Mexico–based heavy hitters Richard Tuttle, Bruce Nauman, and John McCracken. Secondary-market works by modern and contemporary masters can be found here as well: pieces by Francis Bacon and Jim Dine are currently available at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, and works by Armand Arman, Milton Avery, and Helen Frankenthaler can be found at the Riva Yares Gallery. Gallerists Nedra Matteucci and Gerald Peters, both of whom founded businesses in Santa Fe 1972, were instrumental in establishing Santa Fe as an internationally known destination for high-end art.. In the beginning, their collections of early-20th-century works by members of the Taos Society of Artists helped secure their place—and Santa Fe’s place—in the art world. Today Gerald Peters Gallery carries art spanning various eras and genres, including pieces by Taos artists Victor Higgins and Ernest Blumenschein as well as Western painters Frederic Remington and Peter Hurd. The gallery has also placed more than 200 pieces of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. Peters reports that business is thriving, with the bulk of his clientele located outside of Santa Fe. Nedra Matteucci Galleries has been dealing in work by the Taos Society of Artists and their contemporaries—such as Russian painters Nicolai Fechin and Leon Gaspard—since the gallery’s inception, and this work has continued to increase in value. Then, too, a second tier of work that includes artists like Will Shuster and Fremont Ellis has also been on the rise. The gallery’s secondary-
Published on Nov 10, 2011