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began to realize that there was an opportunity for showing a wider variety of art and artists. There are a number of galleries here that show work by the Taos artists and Santa Fe painters, but a number of those artists were European and a lot were influenced by modernist work in Europe.” At Matthews Gallery, he says, “We try to show a continuity between the work of European artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, and viewers can connect the dots to what has been done by Santa Fe and Taos artists as well.” That continuity accounts for Matthews having carried pieces by American modernists like John Marin, a member of the Stieglitz Circle who spent summers in New Mexico. Similarly, the living artists whose work Matthews shows “have a relationship to and understanding of those whose shoulders they’re standing on.” Matthews’s client base is broad in geographic scope; he works with people in Norway, Tokyo, and the Middle East. “But,” he clarifies, “most of the collectors we work with we’ve met in person, and most have been to Santa Fe.” Given that his clientele will go wherever necessary to track down the pieces they want, what does Matthews see as the benefit of having his business based here? “Santa Fe has advantages over New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago in the charm of the city itself,” he says. “Also, the city is relatively easy to get around. As far as the higher-end galleries go, collectors can visit all of those fairly easily, like in a day or two.” Alan Barnes of Alan Barnes Fine Art also deals primarily in European work, both historical and contemporary. “The Parisian and Irish school is a very solid market within [the $50,000-and-up] price range,” he says, citing work by Édouard Leon Cortès, Eugene Galien-Laloue, John Kingerlee, John Lavery, and Alfred Munnings. Like Matthews, Barnes finds that the City Different’s other assets—the skiing, the restaurants—exert a pull on art lovers and collectors. When the British-born art dealer left Dallas a little more than a year ago, he considered several cities in the country where markets have been historically strong. But, he says, he simply preferred the lifestyle here. According to Barnes, the current economy offers prime opportunities for collectors, especially in Santa Fe, where the scope of work available has never been bigger. “The level of quality is in Santa Fe,” he says. “It’s not purely Southwest; it’s growing. That can’t be ignored. Whether you are looking for something for $15,000 or $5 million, you can find it here.”