Monday, April 16, 2007

Did I leave too soon or just in time?

As detailed in an April 8 feature in The Post's Travel section, the burgeoning Santa Fe Railyard development with its growing cluster of top contemporary galleries, is helping reshape and further energize the New Mexico capital's long-flourishing art scene.

A project in the discussion phases, however, could propel it to a whole other level and generate even more international attention than the city already receives, especially during the summers when artists, critics and collectors descend on SITE Santa Fe for its respected contemporary-art biennial.

Longtime art dealer Charlotte Jackson and other Santa Fe leaders are pushing the idea of a contemporary-art museum designed by Frank Gehry, the architect responsible for the Guggenheim Bilbao, the most influential building of the past decade. – Denver Post 4/12/2007

Gehry in Santa Fe could definitely solidify the city as the new American art destination; but I have to wonder how well Gehry’s contemporary architecture will fair in a town that secretly still prefers selling Indian pottery and horse paintings to tourists. – DN

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