Established in the fall of 2013, the educational series Art Matters goes beyond the appreciation of art in general and its importance to Santa Fe’s tourism, economic, and aesthetic existence. The next seasonal program, sponsored by the Santa Fe Gallery Association and operating under the leadership of David Eichholtz of David Richard Gallery, will take place in more than two dozen galleries around the City Different from October 16 to October 25. The galleries will host events that delve into the historical and cultural matters of art, with lectures and discussions that allow unique interaction among gallery owners, visitors, and the artists themselves.—Anne Maclachlan Art Matters series, October 16–25, see gallery list for participants and lectures, artmatterssantafe.org
Tony Griffith: Passages Pippin Contemporary 200 Canyon pippincontemporary.com October 14–27 Reception October 16, 5–7 pm This fall, mixed-media artist Tony Griffith is exhibiting his vibrant, soulful abstracts at Pippin Contemporary, one of the participating galleries in October’s Art Matters series. An enthusiastic outdoorsman, Griffith is known for expressing diverse arid and aquatic surroundings in the hope that the viewer will join him in sensing the peaceful brilliance of nature. In Passages, Griffith presents a set of quirky optical challenges that encourage both reflection and the spiritual awareness that not all boundaries are set by exterior elements.—AM
Adobe Gallery Casweck Galleries Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art David Richard Gallery David Rothermel Contemporary Ellsworth Gallery Evoke Contemporary GF Contemporary Gaugy Gallery Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art Allan Houser Gallery Charlotte Jackson Fine Art Heidi Loewen Porcelain Gallery LewAllen Galleries at the Railyard Matthews Gallery New Concept Gallery Pippin Contemporary SITE Santa Fe Sorrel Sky Gallery TAI Modern Tansey Contemporary Turner Carroll Gallery Wade Wilson Art Winterowd Fine Art Zane Bennett Gallery
Tony Griffith, In Media Res, acrylic/resin/panel, 48 x 36"
Re-Op: The Responsive Eye Fifty Years After, David Richard Gallery 544 South Guadalupe, davidrichardgallery.com, October 2–November 21 Opening reception October 2, 5–7 pm, gallery talk October 3, 2–3 pm Spearheading the Art Matters lineup, David Richard Gallery re-examines William C Seitz’s optical art movement from the mid-1960s and its metamorphosis over the last 50 years. Newer artists experimenting with industrial textures like the reflective aluminum sign material in Jack Slentz’s Blue Tube, the digital projection blend in Matthew Kluber’s No Place Like Utopia, and the wildly colorful cast acrylic in Float for Gilberto Perez by Christian Haub create a new perspective, so to speak, on the op-art experience. The show includes pieces created within the past 30 years by several artists from the original Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Op-Art exhibit. The gallery will host its Art Matters talk on October 3 at 2 pm.—AM 76
Christian Haub, Float for Gilberto Perez, cast acrylic sheet, 24 x 24 x 2.5"