July 04--Agiant purple poppy planted inside the main lobby of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center will greet visitors to ART Santa Fe.
Workers moved the 11 1/2 -foot fiberglass sculpture from its bed in front of the United Nations and shipped it for the Thursday, July 10 opening of the international contemporary art fair. Now in its 14th year, ART Santa Fe will showcase about 38 gallery and individual artist's booths from Japan, Turkey, Costa Rica and across the United States.
Designed by Croatian-born artist Ana Tzarev as part of her "Love & Peace" campaign, the flower shipped in eight boxes, ART Santa Fe founder Charlotte Jackson said. The campaign started at London'sSaatchi Gallery in 2012 before hopscotching across the globe from Beijing to Venice to Singapore to New York'sDag Hammarskjold Plaza.
"I just thought we could all use a little love and peace, frankly," Jackson said in a telephone interview. "I was just moved by the piece."
Tzarev's poppies, water lilies, magnolias, chrysanthemums and bird of paradise blossoms will bloom internationally through 2017. Since 2012, the artist's flower sculptures have been showcased in Paris, Prague, China, Monaco, Rome and New York. Tzarev created the "Love & Peace" series of poppies and lilies to transcend cultural divides.
A Japanese gallery is bringing one of Andy Warhol's most famous prints -- "Liz," his seminal portrait of Elizabeth Taylor. Guests can choose from paintings, sculpture, glass, wood, metal and basketry. Noted Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf will erect an installation, Jackson added. The group is known for its edgy, offbeat work.
"They are in what we call one of our scholarship booths," she said. "They don't have two nickels to rub together. (Their work) has a little bit different beat to it."
The annual event is drawing 13 curator-led museum collector groups, including one from the Albuquerque Museum, Jackson said. Other groups are traveling from Orange County, Calif., San Diego, Palm Springs, Tucson, Scottsdale, Ariz., Denver, Los Angeles and Taos.
For the second year, ART Santa Fe collaborated with SITE Santa Fe and the International Folk Art Market in a "Trifecta" of shared marketing costs, Jackson added.
ART Santa Fe
WHEN: 11 a.m.-6 p.m July 10-13
WHERE: Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St.Santa Fe
HOW MUCH: $10. Call 505-988-1234
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