The 11th American Art Fair

Please join us at the
Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021

Saturday, November 10 thru
Tuesday, November 13
12 PM - 6 PM, Saturday - Monday
12 - 4 PM, Tuesday

This weekend, Nedra Matteucci Galleries will participate in the American Art Fair, the premier art fair devoted to showcasing museum quality American art. As the exclusive specialist focusing on western art, our booth will present some of the finest works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For more information, please feel free to contact us or visit TheAmericanArtFair.com.

Upcoming Exhibition – Alice Schille: Poetry of Place

Please join us for
Alice Schille: Poetry of Place
1:00 - 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 10

We are pleased to announce Poetry of Place, a historical exhibition featuring more than two dozen paintings by Alice Schille (1869 - 1955). Schille was distinctive among her peers in many ways. A watercolor painter, when oil painting was the common medium; an artist who defied classification and avoided organized groups; an accomplished female painter in the early 1900’s. In retrospect, the significance of Schille’s work continues to astonish us: her paintings are modern and timeless, thoughtful and whimsical, unique and technically superior. These lyrical paintings penetrate beneath the surface to portray the culture, essence, and poetry of place. We are honored to exhibit Alice Schille’s work for the third time, and we sincerely hope you can join us to see these exceptional watercolor paintings.

Golden October

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.    – F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is the time of year for yellow. Dozens of landscape paintings remind us to celebrate this season of change in the Southwest. In Emil Bisttram’s Indian Summer (above), the aspens share their glory in bright, sunny patches of gold, with a hint of orange. Crossing the Stream, by E. Martin Hennings, catches a quiet moment beside this autumnal flash of yellow and evergreen (below). 

We hope you will get a chance to enjoy the rush of color this season – up in the mountains, out in the sculpture garden, and on the gallery walls. Happy October!

Introducing Jill Soukup

I’m driven by the process of painting contrasts, and by pushing value, color,  and texture in a realistic setting.    – Jill Soukup

Jill Soukup paints the "richly kinetic moments that define Western ranch life.” Thoughtful and intentional in her work, Soukup emphasizes contrast: motion and stillness, light and dark, realism and abstraction. With unique, cropped compositions, Soukup draws our attention to this balanced opposition. "Without fail," she writes, "This process reaffirms for me the symbiotic duality that defines my work—each element is dependent on its opposite for complete expression."

Soukup grew up near Denver, Colorado, where she still lives. As a young girl, she loved horses and sketched obsessively; as a teen, she began a pet-portrait business, drawing animals in chalk pastel. After a career in graphic design, Soukup shifted to fine art. Her paintings have earned multiple awards, including an Oil Painters of America Award of Excellence, and the the People’s Choice Award at the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale. We are thrilled to welcome Jill Soukup and her contemporary perspective on horses, cowboys, and life in the wild west. Please stop by the gallery to enjoy her distinctive, dynamic paintings.

Santa Fe Indian Market, August 14 - 19

Every August, Santa Fe hosts one of the largest Native arts shows in the world, welcoming over 100,000 visitors. Begun officially in 1922, Indian Market is an incredible event featuring approximately 1,000 artists from over 200 tribes. During this exciting week of events, please visit the gallery and sculpture garden where we feature work by Native sculptors Doug Hyde and Michael Naranjo. 

Born in Oregon of Nez Perce and Assiniboine background, Doug Hyde is a leading Native American sculptor in stone and bronze. His work often features vignettes of Native American life; Indian Market (pictured left), depicts the longstanding tradition of selling and trading art.

Michael Naranjo, a Tewa Indian, is originally from Santa Clara Pueblo. At the age of nine, his father became pastor of the Baptist Indian Mission in Taos. Basic Instincts (below left), celebrates his Native heritage, depicting a fight between man and buffalo. While creating this piece, he thought about Jacob and the Angel, and Jacob's struggle with his faith in God, which inspired Naranjo's most recent bronze, Resolution (below right). Blinded at the age of 23 while serving in Vietnam, Naranjo's talent is evident in his remarkable, inspired sculpture, rich with history and culture, alive with movement and magic. 

Priscilla Hoback, Artist Of The Desertscape

For a time the studio may be full of white deer, and then those fade out. As work on another idea begins, I am in a land of herons or antelope, thinking their thoughts.    –Priscilla Hoback, Living Clay

  Photo courtesy of Priscilla Hoback's website

Photo courtesy of Priscilla Hoback's website

Priscilla Hoback worked as an artist in New Mexico for more than half a century — her hands in clay and desert earth. A native Santa Fean, Hoback used the wild clays and natural pigments from around her farm in Galisteo, New Mexico, to create pottery and stoneware murals. Inspired by her garden, horses, and the wilderness around her home, Hoback’s work is expressive and playful, original and timeless, contemporary and primal.

Walt Gonske: A Retrospective

Our summer exhibition, Walt Gonske: A Retrospective consists of personally selected works from the artist’s own collection, spanning four decades and four seasons.  With his expressive brush, Gonske captures locations in the Southwest, Greece, California, and Mexico. All of the paintings in the exhibition are featured in the recently published book The Art of Walt Gonske: A Retrospective. We hope you have a chance to enjoy this incredible collection.

Gardens Gone Wild

Dan Ostermiller’s third botanical garden show, Gardens Gone Wild, opens on May 26. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill will feature a collection of Ostermiller’s monumental sized animal sculptures – realistic, spontaneous and spirited. Gardens Gone Wild will include more than 20 bronzes, from bears and bullfrogs to barnyard hens and backyard rabbits. The exhibition, designed to surprise and delight visitors of all ages, will be on display through May 12, 2019.  We hope you will have a chance to enjoy this animal adventure at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

Sacred Datura

In his sculpture, JK Inson incorporates multiple dimensions, perspectives, and ages. With a Master of Arts in Anthropology, Inson is inspired and intrigued by history, culture, and the art that weaves our stories. His work considers the way other eyes see, the way others live, and another time in the present moment.

“I like art that represents something we see a lot, but that looks at it in a different way,” Inson says. In his stone sculptures of the southwestern plant the datura wrighti, or sacred datura, he considers its many uses; the Zuni, Chumash, Tongva, and other Native American tribes have used it for ceremonial and magical purposes – to hex and break hexes, for protection, divination, dreams. The perennial plant is sweetly fragrant but also poisonous; a hallucinogenic that transcends our particular sense of reality, and a striking flower that Inson morphs naturally into stone.

We encourage you to stop by the gallery to look at these sculptures, to see this embodiment of otherness, ancient and new, contemplative and vivid. 

Soviet Art

Until recently, the Russian artists of the 20th century were virtually unknown to westerners. The lifting of the Iron Curtain, and the end of communism in Russia, has led to a fortunate discovery in the western world: the remarkable, life-affirming paintings from the Soviet era. The Soviet Realists were academically trained, state-commissioned artists; consequently, they painted propaganda. However, they also created extraordinary "practice" art – joyful paintings of children, the vibrant landscape of their homeland, and serene still life paintings were a symbol of life’s continuity.  These paintings, created during tumultuous times, celebrate the triumph of the human spirit.

In the 1980's, Mikhail Gorbachev shifted away from the policies of government censorship and control, ending the unusual historical circumstances that inspired this remarkable period in Russian art. Isolated from western influence, the Soviet Realists developed a unique style and a strong sense of camaraderie. We are fortunate in our continued efforts to offer works by this select group of exceptional Russian artists, and we encourage you to stop by the gallery to see these paintings.