Taos Artists Beyond: Art Fairs

Janet Webb – December 13, 2018

I recently found a statistic that surprised me: Taos County is ranked second on a list of U.S. counties most densely populated with working artists – out-ranked only by Kings County, New York, which includes the Brooklyn art scene. Taos is indeed a place where artists live and work. But when it comes time to take their art to market, many Taos artists sell elsewhere.

This post about Taos artists showing beyond Taos focuses on the phenomenon of art fairs: Kunst 18 Zurich, Art Miami, Art Basel Miami and two New Mexico art markets held in Santa Fe and Albuquerque hotels. Below are a few photos from each fair.

Kunst Art Fair, Zurich

Kunst 18 Zürich   
October 25- 28, 2018
ABB Hall 550 
Ricarda-Huch-Strasse, Zurich
, Switzerland

Taos artist Paul O’Connor was part of this Swiss art fair, in Laurent Marthaler Contemporary booth. The fair’s website introduces itself: “Offering an exciting overview over the contemporary art scene, Zürich’s leading art fair is not only aimed at experienced art collectors, but also at newcomers inviting both of them to discover something new at the approximately 50 galleries in the former ABB halls in Oerlikon. From painting over sculpture and photography to multimedia art, from figurative to abstract, from small to large scale, the choice is extremely wide-ranging and of the highest quality.”

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Paul O’Connor in Kunst Art Fair Zurich, Switzerland, Laurent Marthaler Contemporary booth

New Mexico Winter Art Markets

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This photopgraph of Taos Pueblo by Debbie Lujan was in both New Mexico winter art markets

Inaugural New Mexican Artisan Market
November 23-25, 2018
Hotel de Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
Debbie Lujan and Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo represented Taos in this art market.

SWAIA Winter Market
December 14-16, 2018
La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
Debbie Lujan and Ken Romero of Taos Pueblo represented Taos in this art market.

Art Miami

Art Miami
December 4-9, 2019
The Art Miami Pavilion at Herald Plaza, Miami, FL

Vivan Horan Fine Art of New York, took artwork by six Taos artists to Miami: Ken Price, Ron Cooper, Ronald Davis, Kevin Cannon, Hank Saxe and Paul O’Connor. This art fair’s website explains, “​In its 29th edition, Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s modern and contemporary art fair market and is g​lobally recognized as a primary destination for the acquisition of the most important works from the 20th and 21st centuries​.”

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Left, Ronald Davis, Frame, 1969, pigmented polyester and fiberglass, 50x140x2 inches. Right, Ron Cooper, two resin wall pieces made in 2018
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Kevin Cannon left, Once Home, 1985, painted leather and right, Untitled Duo, 1987, painted leather, approx 7 inches high. Center, Ken Price, untitled cup, 1960
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Hank Saxe, Oracle of La Brea, 2014 stoneware, 14 inches high
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Paul O’Connor with his artwork in Vivan Horan’s booth at Art Miami


Art Basel Miami

Art Basel Miami
December 5-8, 2018
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL

Larry Bell’s art appeared in four gallery booths in Art Basel 2018: Hauser & Wirth LA, Pace Gallery, Anthony Meier Fine Arts and Michael Kohn Gallery. The fair, in its 17th year, says, “Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.”

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Larry Bell, untitled maquettes, 2018 in Hauser and Wirth booth at Art Basel Miami
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Larry Bell, two glass cubes from 1960s in Pace Gallery booth at Art Basel Miami. Photo by Ollie Bell.
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Larry Bell, shadow box circa 1990 in Michael Kohn Gallery booth, Art Basel Miami
Larry Bell 18-inch glass cube, 2006, in Anthony Meier Fine Art booth, Art Basel Miami



A note to all Taos artists: please let me know (editor@beyondtaos.com) about your exhibits outside of Taos – where, when, and what you’re showing. I find it amazing how many of you quietly work in this community then take the work to other cities for exhibition. It’s a testament to the creative inspiration of this place.

Learn more

Paul O’Connor
Debbie Lujan
Hank Saxe
Ken Price
Kevin Cannon
Ronald Davis
Ron Cooper
Larry Bell


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