If you’ve always wanted to start an art collection but aren’t sure where to begin, Santa Fe’s multitude of galleries can be intimidating at first glance. With more than 250 to choose from, there’s inspiration on practically every block in The City Different. If you’re dreaming of a beautiful collection but are still trying to get a handle on your taste, start here.
You’re fun and you’re one of a kind. You love vibrant color, and your sense of style would probably be described as whimsical by your friends. You’re not afraid to stand out from the pack, and your joyful attitude enlivens every gathering. You’re starting a collection not only to enhance your living space, but to boost your mood and bring you joy. You probably love to travel, and you love trying the cuisines of different countries from around the world. Folk art lovers often pick up unique and eye-catching pieces on their vacations, and often choose destinations based on the folk art available. Santa Fe is a great place to get started — begin your journey at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill to get a taste of what else you’ll find in The City Different.
You’re in the know and you’re sophisticated. You are in tune with the art world and probably subscribe to several collector’s magazines as well as Architectural Digest. Your home and your wardrobe are both beautifully curated, filled with minimalist neutrals and the occasional pop of color. Rather than images of anything specific, you’re looking for pieces that evoke moods. If this sounds like you, head straight for Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District, The City Different’s gathering place of contemporary art galleries. It’s here that you’ll find spectacular spaces like SITE Santa Fe, galleries that are shaking up the art world not only in Santa Fe, but beyond.
If you love this style, you’ve probably had Santa Fe in mind for a while. You adore turquoise, your Instagram account is full of sunset photos and you’re known to mix a mean margarita. The one-of-a-kind landscape of northern New Mexico has inspired creators for centuries, including the iconic Georgia O’Keeffe, so you’re in good company. There’s plenty of inspiration to be found here, and it’s ideal for beginning collectors because there are pieces available at all price points, from paintings and sculptures to jewelry and textiles. Head to Canyon Road to check out some of the most iconic Southwestern art in the world, like the Allan Houser gallery. There’s no telling what you might find.
You’re endlessly inspired by the places you go and the people you meet, and you also find inspiration in the most unlikely things. You’ve got a keen eye for art and design, and you’re empathetic. The raw power of quality photography appeals to you, and you find that certain photographs lend themselves well to endless contemplation. If you’re in search of some unique and evocative photos in both color and black and white to add to your growing collection, you won’t find a better place than Santa Fe. Canyon Road’s Modernist Frontier gallery is a great place to start looking. If you’re seeking pieces that showcase the awe of the American west, you’ll find it here.
Overall, though, there are no rules and there is no one proper way to amass a collection. Taste is subjective, and that’s the most wonderful thing about it. Giant abstract canvases can absolutely hold court with funky folk art pieces, and no matter what you’re looking for in Santa Fe, you’ll find it here.