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Jivan Lee: No Doors

Article by Gussie Fauntleroy in Western Art & Architecture Magazine

June-July 2018

One evening last winter, Jivan Lee set up his easel outside his house near Taos, New Mexico, intending to paint the long field in front of him, patches of winter trees and layers of mountains beyond. As he stood there taking in the sunset glow, he happened to look to his right. There was an old fence, tall dry grasses and another fence a little farther away. It wasn’t a conventional, eye-catching scene like the one straight ahead. Still, on impulse he gave his easel a quarter-turn, pointing it toward the fence...Click to read more

     
 

Janet Monafo: Gatherings

Article by John O'Hern in American Art Collector

May 2018

Janet Monafo writes, "There is no explaining my selections of materials and compositions except in visual terms." And there's no need to. The everyday objects in her elegant compositions may have no relationship to one another. She says...Click to read more

     
 

Emily Mason: A Devotion to Color

Article by Rosemary Carstens in Western Art & Architecture Magazine

April-May 2018

There are no boundaries in the world of color. Travelers who wander there find it filled with infinite possibility, a universe limited only by their willingness to experiment, explore and reach into the
unknown. Painter Emily Mason has followed her intuition into these lands for more than six decades, traveling through the looking glass to producean original body of work that mesmerizes and excites its viewers as few American abstractionists have done before... Click to read more

     
 

Mystic Light: Modernism in the Southwest

Article by John O'Hern in American Fine Art Magazine

March/April 2018

The Armory Show, officially titled the International Exhibition of Modern Art, shocked the country when it opened in 1913. It showed the works of European modernists for the first time in this country along with the more avant-garde of American artists. Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962) wrote to the board of the Armory show... Click to read more

     
 

Quest for the New: Modernism in the Southwest

Review by Kathryn Davis in THE Magazine

April 2018

"Quest for the New: Modernism in the Southwest features art­works by a who's-who litany of Santa Fe's early twentieth-century art colony, from Cinco Pin­tores members Josef Bakos, Fremont Ellis, Wil­lard Nash, and Will Shuster to Taoseños Emil Bisttram and Andrew Dasburg; and the furthest­flung of all of them, John Sloan, a New York painter who would become known as a key member of the Ashcan School... Click to read more

     
 

Bill Barrett: An Artistic Touch

Article by Adrianna Cunningham in Oklahoma State University Magazine

March 2018

If you've been to Oklahoma State University's campus recently, you've probably noticed the new bronze sculptures outside various buildings. The sculptures, by intrenationally recognized artist Bill Barrett, arrived in June 2017 for a yearlong stay... Click to read more

     
   

Ed Mieczkowski: Vibrations of the Eye, Mind and Soul

Feature in Santa Fean

February 2018

LewAllen Galleries presents a memorial exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by Edwin Mieczkowski (1929-2017), who passed away in June. If Mieczkowski's name is not familiar his paintings may well be; he was a founder of what came to be called Op Art. Trained as a realist and in commercial art, Mieczkowski and two other artists formed a group called Anonima (Italian for "anonymous") ... Click to read more

     
 

Emily Mason: Chromatic Harmonies

Feature Article by John Dorfman in Art & Antiques

February 2018

For an artist who emerged from the Sturm-und-Drang driven Abstract Expressionist movement of 1950s New York, Emily Mason's work is remarkably serene. This quality is not only apparent in the way vibrant swaths of oil paint harmonize with each other on the canvas; it also comes through in the way her career has quietly percolated along through the decades since, without drama or self-promotion... Click to read more

     
 

Woody Gwyn: The Road to Excellence

Feature Article by Rosemary Carstens in Western Art & Architecture

December 1, 2017

In a quiet village 23 miles south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the vast reaches of the Galisteo Basin, artist Woody Gwyn creates extraordinary portraits of all that surrounds him. He makes his home in this region of gently rolling terrain, piñon pine, juniper, grasslands, prickly pear cactus, yucca and more, daily exploring its subtle beauty... Click to read more

     
 

Homing In: Kurt Solmssen

Artist Profile by Jerry N. Weiss for The Artist's Magazine

November 1, 2017

Solmssen, a Philadelphia native, attended the city's Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, whose figure-based instructors included Ben Kamihira and Sidney Goodman. Landscape painting offered an alternative to the school's crowded studios, and Solmssen soon accompanied instructor Louis B. Sloan outdoors. Sloan's palette proved to be influential, as was the example of the Pennsylvania impressionist Edward Willis Redfield, who painted en plein air in all seasons and in large format... Click to read more

     
 

Inner Mountain: Michael Roque Collins' Paintings Invite Spiritual Exploration

Preview by Liz Brindley for the Santa Fe Reporter

October 18, 2017

Though his paintings have often been influenced by coastal environments due to his home base on the Gulf of Mexico, he explains that mountains have always loomed in his vision. This vision comes to life in Inland Mountain Journey, where Collins charts new territory to explore peaks and forests; like what Kandinsky explains as "the need to move ever upwards and forwards, by sweat of the brow, through sufferings and fears.... Click to read more

     
 

The Spellbinding Mystery of it All: Ben Aronson's Newest Works Show His Fascination with the Surrounding World

Review by John O'Hern for American Art Collector

October 1, 2017

The light plays across the painterly petals, through the glass vase and across the table in as intimate a way as if they were life-size in front of a window. The simple beauty of cut blossoms in a vase can be overwhelming or it can be overlooked. In this new painting, the subject is enveloping and can't be ignored. Nor can the artist's skill.

     
 

Wolf Kahn: Light and Color

Review by John O'Hern for American Art Collector

September 1, 2017

In the 1980s and ’90s, Wolf Kahn frequently led master classes at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Kahn, who will be 90 this year, escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 and came to the U.S. in 1940. This year he was awarded the U.S. Department of State’s International Medal of Arts and maintains that he is painting more than ever.

 

Self Determination: Fritz Scholder's Figures of Paradox

Review by Michael Abatemarco for Pasatiempo

July 7, 2017

The 21st century has been kind to Fritz Scholder (1937-2005), with a major retrospective of his works at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2008 and a traveling show organized by the Denver Art Museum in 2015. He was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2009, and one of his sculptures even turned up in Danne Aronfsky's 2010 film Black Swan... Click to read more

     
 

Skip Steinworth: Recent Works

Preview in Santa Fe Reporter

May 27, 2017

Skip Steinworth's still lifes present everyday objects in a way that forces the viewer to see them anew. Yeah, this sounds like what most artists say about their work, but this guy is for real. His painting of garlic is mesmerizing.

 

Brian Rutenberg: Editorial Recommendation

Review by Kelly Skeen of Visual Art Source

May 7, 2017

Rutenberg’s palette is blindingly vibrant, which contributes to the feeling of complete absorption in front of his canvases. Just when we begin to get lost in the broad fields of color, sinuous strokes that recall meandering tree trunks draw our attention to shift the eye back to the landscape. Rutenberg maintains control over his kaleidoscopic palette, softening pieces like “Flower Bed” and “Pine Lakes 14” while saturating and enlivening others, such as “Thicket” and “Orion.” Click to read more. 

 

Displaced Debutantes and Soluble Entities: The Vision of Linda Stojak

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.

 

Surface Textures: Sammy Peters and Carmen Vetter

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.

 

Faceless Encounters: The Paintings of Linda Stojak

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.

 
 

LewAllen Gallery Exhibits Original Prints by Picasso, Munch

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.

 

Genius on Paper: Feature Editorial

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.

 
 

A Respect for the Land: Jivan Lee

Profile on Jivan Lee by Rebecca L. Rhoades of Phoenix Home & Garden

December 2016

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.