Editor’s Letter | Realism Today

Self-Portrait by Jacob Collins. painting, southwest art.
Self-Portrait by Jacob Collins

By Margaret L. Brown

Southwest Art celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2001. As we reach this milestone, it is gratifying to see that the representational art market—which Southwest Art has chronicled and championed for the past three decades—is in the midst of a remarkable resurgence. In this issue we talk to artists, gallery dealers, and museum and auction house personnel about the national revival of Realist art as we launch a yearlong series titled “Realism Today.” The series will examine a different segment of the Realist art market each month, from traditional landscape paintings to modern-edged works. The first installment looks at the popularity of Realism as well as previewing Representing L.A., an exhibit of works by contemporary Southern California artists on view at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA.

The Realism Today series is just one of the new components we’re adding to the magazine this year. “Works in Progress”—a regular feature article chronicling the creation of a single work of art from start to finish—debuts this month with a look at the making of Sedona artist Susan Kliewer’s bronze of potter Maria Martinez. Another new feature, “Introduc-ing,” profiles an up-and-coming artist you should know—in this issue you’ll meet Native American sculptor Joe Ca-jero Jr. We’ve also added a few new departments, including “In the Studio,” which gives you a behind-the-scenes view of artists at work, and “Art Values,” which directs new collectors to affordable original art.

Finally, all collectors will want to make sure they have a copy of our new Art Source Travel Guide 2001, a valuable resource that provides up-to-date information about hundreds of galleries and thousands of artists. Further information about these galleries and artists can be found on our Web site, www.southwestart.com.

Wishing you all much happiness in the new year.

Featured in January 2001