October | November 2016 Feature Articles

Crossing Over

Written By Todd Wilkinson      

ALMOST A QUARTER CENTURY AGO, well into middle age and just shy of his 44th year, John Coleman shucked aside real estate development and, as a veritable unknown, ventured into the world of Western art. Not long afterward, something extraordinary happened: Coleman became a phenomenon. Like a comet suddenly streaking across the horizon, his emergence — most notably, his sophisticated sculptures…


At Home on the Range

Written By Gussie Fauntleroy      

IT'S BEEN SAID THAT WESTERN PAINTER Frederic Remington wanted these words carved on his tombstone: “He Knew the Horse.” Remington’s wife, aware that she would eventually be lying beside him, apparently vetoed the idea. But the renowned artist’s claim to a thorough understanding of the equine form cannot be denied. Tom Livesay, executive director of the Briscoe Western Art Museum in…


Organic by Nature

Written By Kathy Chin Leong       Photography By Jeremy Bitterman      

IF FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST CLAUDE MONET WERE ALIVE, he would have painted this scene: A rectangular house with a glass façade, appearing in a lush forest. The structure is suspended over a reflection pond, its mirrored image interrupted only by a scarlet rowboat.  Welcome to the home of Michael Etzel and Carey Critchlow, whose passionate connection to nature evolved into a modern…


Attending to Nature

Written By Laura Zuckerman      

THERE IS SOMETHING OF THE OLD WORLD about artist Francois Koch. The painter of landscapes found in the Northern Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest is, in one word, courtly. That quality is as appealing now as it was when celebrated in literature of another age. And it’s especially noteworthy at a time when thoughts can be reduced to numbered syllables…


Meow Wolf’s The House of Eternal Return

Written By Corinne Garcia       Photography By Dana Aaberg      

IT'S NO SECRET that Santa Fe, New Mexico,  embraces art. The Plaza is a regular venue for art markets; museums filled with Native American and Hispanic fine art abound; Site Santa Fe, an 18,000-square-foot contemporary art space, buzzes; and, of course, there’s Canyon Road, with more than 80 galleries, along with the Railyard and Downtown arts districts. Artists of all…