With the globalization of much of our culture, is it important, even appropriate, to address specific places? If art made in New Mexico used to be readily identifiable, is that true in any sense now? In the early twenty-first century, many visual artists working in the Santa Fe area continue to wrestle—fortunately, in my view—with the artistic angels of regionalism. As this exhibition shows us, place remains as one of the vital ingredients in the crucible of American creativity, floating alongside formal invention, legacies from the past, complex identity questions and dizzying new technologies.
-Sharyn R. Udall, Ph.D.
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