Highlights of Art Santa Fe 2019
With more than 100 works of art collected and on their way to new homes, Art Santa Fe 2019 can easily be said to be the perfect grand finale to the inaugural Santa Fe Art Week! it’s was a busy four days, enjoyed first by the 1,800 people who gathered for the Thursday, July 18, Opening Night Preview Reception. And followed by the collectors and art enthusiasts who walked the aisles oohing and ahhing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Santa Fe Art Week Gets Things Started
Art Santa Fe, the area’s only curated contemporary art fair culminated Santa Fe’s first ever Santa Fe Art Week. There were more than 125 events spread over the 10 day celebration of Santa Fe’s vibrant visual arts community. From special museum curator tours to open artist studios, workshops, and immersive experiences to a free nightly music festival at the Santa Fe Bandstand and the highly anticipated Canyon Road Art & Wine Stroll, it was an incredible 10 days. A great time was had by all!
And then…Art Santa Fe!
Art lovers, art industry pros, art writers and editors, and, of course, art collectors all came to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center from July 18–21 to see this year’s showcase of contemporary artwork from over 60 international galleries and studio artists. And Art Santa Fe was in the news creating a buzz too!
Santa Fe Selects Award Winners
Art Santa Fe’s Santa Fe Selects Awards were well suited to this year’s curatorial theme [MOMENTUM]—embodying the concept of building platforms, gaining knowledge, growing audiences, and supporting artistic innovation. There were five judges chosen for their impact and influence in the City Different’s art and design scene:
- Anne Wrinkle Director of External Affairs of SITE Santa Fe
- Bruce Adams, Publisher Santa Fean Magazine
- Cyndi Conn, Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe
- Lauren Tresp, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of THE Magazine
- Paisley Mason, Associate Director of Development of SITE Santa Fe
The judges each spent several hours coming to the final 20 winners. Congratulations to all of this year’s Santa Fe Selects Award Winners!
At all art shows, there are sales, commissions, gallery placements, and contacts made. Art Santa Fe 2019 was no exception—and if you missed it, you can still see the artwork on our Exhibitors’ Art Gallery. This year’s Art Santa Fe attendees were a terrific group of art industry professionals, collectors, designers, architects, civic leaders, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs who enjoyed the array of world-class art—and let us know they liked what they saw! Here’s a sampling of some of the top sales and placements:
- Cary Henrie and his popular Henrie Collection placed more than 20 pieces of his unique mixed media works, ranging in price from $500.-$5,000.
- Making their ninth appearance at Art Santa Fe, Contemporary Art Projects USA placed 3 Dale Reid pieces, including “Casablanca”and “Parrot Tulip;” a Patrizia Casagranda work, and a Ricardo Cardenas-Eddy special Frida commission. They also reported two commissions for Zammy Migdal’s wall sculptures, including “For Ever Foliage” and “Shells.”
- Returning exhibitor Gallery Edel found new homes for innovative works from Reibu, Happy, Naoh, Okamoto Yumi, and Hanai Mayako. They also place “I Do Not See Much TV” by Sulebox and “Faces” by Kazuko Hemmi, both Art Santa Fe Selects Award winners.
- Jen Tough Gallery was happy to have placed multiple pieces including several Carla Aletti and Erin Zhao prints.
- For the first time in 50 years behind the lens, Joseph Cosby Images released Cosby’s black and white collection on canvas “A Roll of the Dice – A Flip of the Coin” and it was a hit! With more than 9 works placed, including “Pearls,” “The End of Days,” “Dreadlocks,” “Worries,” and “Spirit Dancer.”
- Deb Wight Studios was pleased to place “Journey to Infinity,” “Beaming Star,” and “Ocean Moon” into new collectors’ homes.
- Gedion Galleries return to Art Santa Fe went well with new homes for several of his amazing stone sculptures, including his major “Origin of Beauty” piece, plus 2 “Elephant” and 2 “Giraffe” sculptures.
- Earl Nesbitt Fine Furniture was pleased with their success. They placed 2 of their one-of-a-kind dining tables, a coffee table, a side table, and took several commissions.
- Santa Fe Selects Award Winner Travelogues Fine Art Consulting placed multiple pieces including Banksy’s “Boombox Rat” and JR’s “Ballerina in Container.” They also placed works from artists Joan Fenicle, Xavier Subiros, and others.
- Sippican Designs’ Suzanne Woodworth placed multiple pieces from her Art to Wear Collection, plus took multiple commissions.
- Peace Waters Collective had a very productive show, placing Shima Shanti’s “On the Breeze” for $4,800, plus took commissions for 11 pieces and opened a gallery for Shima in Colorado. Additionally, they negotiated a gallery placement for artist Mike Clark.
- Art Link International ws also pleased to place both of their Art Santa Fe Selects Award Winners: Wifredo Lam’s “Totem Figures” and Warhol’s “Coke.” They also placed multiple pieces by Candice CMC and Eduardo Guelfenbein. Two of Cari Cohen’s “Art + Light” Collection pieces found new homes, as did a Ludwig Bemelmans and a Joseph Stella work.
- Santa Fe artists Richard A. Nicholas and Jim Gautier partnered with ARTsmart, selling more than 12 of their encaustic works to benefit the non-profit.
- First time exhibitor Sarah Rasul placed her “Urban Indigo” and “Frida” works.
Art Santa Fe wouldn’t be complete without a little fanfare for our Selection Committee’s exhibitor awards. On Saturday and Sunday, while showgoers shopped for their favorite pieces, artists and galleries were presented special honors as recipients of this year’s Art Santa Fe Awards. This year’s proud winners were the following:
- Directors’ Award: Jen Tough Gallery
- Best Booth Design: Contemporary Art Projects
- Best International Exhibitor: Antonio Nunziante Gallery
- Best New Exhibitor: Gelbart Studio and Joseph Cosby Images
- Sculpture Award: Nora Pineda Ceramic & Sculpture
- Rising Artist Award: Michael Casey
Exhibit in 2020
We hope you’ll join us next year for an even more amazing Art Santa Fe! It will be the fair’s 20th Anniversary—so you can expect some exciting events, innovative installations, Art Talks, Art Labs, and more! Mark your calendars for July 16—19, 2020, when we return to Travel and Leisure’s #2 City in the U.S. and Conde Nast Traveler’s #5 Best City in the world for art and culture. Let us know now if you want to exhibit and we’ll reserve a great booth location for you.
We do appreciate the compliments we receive—thanks so much! See what others thought about Art Santa Fe 2019 here! And our thanks go this year’s exhibitors, sponsors, community partners, volunteers, and attendees. We couldn’t have made the show happen without you!