News and Reviews
Review by John Biscello of Riot Material
April 21, 2017
These women, with latent longing and coiled grace, demand that you participate in their mystery. Fashion also plays a significant role in their allure. Outfitted in period dresses and formal gowns, a sense of high style pervades. Yet it is this elegance, juxtaposed against backgrounds doubling as voids, monochromatic tones, and spectral moodiness, which thickens tension and endows these “portraits” with jarring disquiet. These women could be brides at their own funeral. Ballroom Ophelias in a fugue state. Click to read more.
Review by Emily van Cleve of Santa Fe Arts Journal
March 20, 2017
“Carmen Vetter and Sammy Peters: Surface Language” is a new exhibit at LewAllen Galleries that explores the subject of surface texture through the work of Peters, a mixed media artist, and Vetter, a glass artist. Building up texture on a surface is foremost in the mind of Vetter, who lives in Portland, Oregon and has been working with kiln-formed glass for close to 20 years. “Much of my work in glass has been about surface,” she explains. “It infers touch, the seen, the exposed and inversely the depths beneath. Click to read more.
Review by Michael Abatemarco of Pasatiempo
March 10, 2017
“Oddly romantic” is how art critic Edward Leffingwell described the paintings of Philadelphia-based artist Linda Stojak in the May 2006 issue of Art in America, which is quoted on a gallery wall in her first exhibition at LewAllen Galleries. The works do recall a romantic past, not in any nostalgic way, but in a knowing way, as through a filter of time — though it might be more accurate, in terms of Stojak’s painting style, to say layers of time. The nine paintings on exhibit are enigmatic renderings of women, lushly executed and textured by building up the paint. Click to read more.
Review by Kathaleen Roberts from the Albuquerque Journal
January 14, 2017
Say Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch, and most of us think of the great museums of New York, Paris and Barcelona. In a rare pairing of original prints, a well-known Santa Fe gallery is showcasing these two modern masters in “Genius on Paper,” on view through Feb. 12. The LewAllen Modern show features 20 works by Picasso and seven by Munch for sale. The two artists helped define modernism as we know it. “This is the type of show you can’t see very often anywhere,” said Louis Newman, the gallery’s modernist curator. “You just don’t see many Munch prints on the market. And many of the Picassos in this exhibition are quite rare.” Click to read more.
Review by Jordan Eddy of Visual Art Source
January 12, 2017
You have to be a bit of a treasure hunter to find European modernist prints in Santa Fe. Examples from a private collection fill two small rooms here with a remarkable selection of prints by Pablo Picasso and Edvard Munch. The Southwest is home to a contingent of master printmakers, and to them especially I say: you must see this. Click to read more.
Profile on Jivan Lee by Rebecca L. Rhoades of Phoenix Home & Garden
When Jivan Lee sets out to paint on location, many of his favorite spots are ones where legendary artists stood with their easels or cameras decades ago. His hometown of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and its surrounding region, has for centuries attracted creative types—think painters E.L. Blumenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe and Maynard Dixon, as well as photographer Ansel Adams—who captured its open landscapes, breathtaking storms and iconic architecture from every angle, during every season and at every time of day. Click to read more.