Santa Fe, NM
Nedra Matteucci Galleries, August 15-30
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The collection of historic artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries is so extensive and superb that walking through the sprawling adobe and one-acre sculpture garden has been compared to visiting a museum. This month’s show, Matteucci Contemporaries—An All Artists Show, creates a similar experience with the work of no fewer than 30 well-known contemporary artists.
The gallery has offered all-artists shows on a few occasions in the past. For this show, artists present one to four new works each, with the show totaling more than 100 pieces. Included are painters William Acheff, Walt Gonske, Laura Robb, and William Whitaker and sculptors Glenna Goodacre, Doug Hyde, and Michael Naranjo. Many of these notable artists attend the opening reception on Saturday, August 15, from 2 to 4 p.m.
“Having all of our gallery artists present their newest pieces together at this singular show is very meaningful to me,” says owner Nedra Matteucci. “Their work reflects the many years the gallery has proudly shared the finest in contemporary painting and sculpture with collectors, often introducing and celebrating the rich history and beauty of the Southwest. Our collections have matured and grown over time, and we are always excited to see new inspirations and the ever-developing talents of our artists continue to flourish. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase them together!”
Matteucci has represented Taos painter Laura Robb for more than 25 years. When she first joined the gallery, Robb says, “I had just moved to Taos, and my work wasn’t well known in the area, so looking back on it, I have to say I landed ‘jam side up.’” For this show, Robb renders impressionistic still lifes in the exquisite style for which she’s known. BLANKET FLOWERS AND INDIAN CORN depicts a scene with black Pueblo pottery, blue and yellow ears of corn, and native wildflowers—all subjects familiar to those who live in or visit New Mexico. “For me, the inspiration is always primarily a visual one. In this arrangement, the kaleidoscope of shapes and colors juxtaposed against the burnished clay patina made for a beautiful combination that I wanted to try to capture,” she says.
Sculptor Michael Naranjo returns to two subjects he’s portrayed in the past. TORSO 2 came to him quickly and easily while he was taking a break from working on another piece. “I like that place where things are at a fine balance, because we’re not always flat on our feet,” he says. “The torso is turning and leaning back. The counterbalance is what makes it work.” MERMAID FOR MY DAUGHTERS, on the other hand, was years in the making—his daughters requested it when they were young, and the idea has germinated for more than a decade. He’s previously sculpted a centaur, cherubs, and Pan, but this is his first mermaid. “It has a soft, subtle, flowing movement that I like,” he observes.
From classical to fantastical and much more, this show celebrates the full spectrum of Nedra Matteucci Galleries’ accomplished artists and the work they create. —Ashley M. Biggers
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