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Chrisotpher Benson

Saturday, February 11, at 3 p.m.
“Art in the Making”

Santa Fe-based artist Christopher Benson will discuss and give readings from his recent book Art in the Making: Essays by Artists About What They Do (The Fisher Press). “This is a book about making art: about what it is, how it gets made, and above all, how the people who make it understand all those things.” Compulsively readable, the collection includes 91 essays from artists of all persuasions, colors, and aesthetic creeds, from craftsmen to ceramists, cooks to conceptual artists. Benson will talk about the origins of this collection, and photographer Zoe Zimmerman, whose works are in The Wright Office this month, will read her essay from Art in the Making. Copies for sale will be on hand.

David Chickey

More Books About Artists!

Saturday, February 25, at 3 p.m.

David Chickey, founder and publisher of Radius Books in Santa Fe, will talk about the history of this unusual enterprise, which publishes affordable monographs (often around $60) about notable artists, both from the Southwest and elsewhere. Since starting Radius in 2007, Chickey has worked with Doug Wheeler, Lee Friedlander, Marlene Dumas, Shirin Neshat, and many others, his main contributions being an obsessive attention to materials and the way he attempts to lay bare the artists’ creative process. Chickey will tell us about the nonprofit aspects of the business, how and why he decides on the artists, and how the future looks for this specialized sort of venture.

Events are free, but please RSVP to ann@thewrightcontemporary.com


Complementing our exhibitions is a roster of lectures and programs. These have included a reading and slide lecture by Gwen Chanzit, curator of the groundbreaking exhibition “Women of Abstract Expressionism” at the Denver Art Museum; an overview of artists estate management by Jason Andres, who is in charge of  overseeing the legacies of Jack Tworkov, Elizabeth Murray, and Mimi Chen Ting, among others; a screening of Agnes Martin: Before the Grid; a panel of art dealers from Santa Fe and Taos; and an “Evening with Larry Bell,” focusing on the six-decade career of this pioneer of the California Light and Space movement (see Archived Events on the man menu).  There will be films and documentaries throughout the year, along with live events. All free, but we do ask that you rsvp to get a head count. Sign up for the newsletter on the Contact page to stay in touch with all that’s happening at the Wright.