Paper Trails (October 27–December 23, 2023) at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a mixed media exhibition that intends to draw links between printmaking icons and contemporary sculptors. Artists in the collection, including Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Helen Frankenthaler, and Robert Motherwell, engage in aesthetic and conceptual conversation with emerging and established artists from the gallery’s sister collection, form & concept. To see more of the works on view and read the show statement, explore the exhibition guide.

Pairings such as El Anatsui’s “Black Edge with Pearl” (2013) and Jami Porter Lara’s blackware vessels are intended to showcase the conceptual heft of craft media in contemporary art. The aim of such associations in this exhibition is to illustrate a fluid, spirited approach to the use of quotidian materials and dispel the persistent notion that great art can only be produced in a vacuum with oil paint on canvas. In a sort of agnostic arts baptism, this visual flood hopes to regenerate our collective understanding of contemporary art with novel connections between artistic movements, materials, and influences.

Mega-galleries and uninspired curatorial projects prioritizing profit over depth increasingly inform the fine art industry from Santa Fe to New York. “I hope that Paper Trails, and our broader curatorial program, can push against that current,” says Jordan Eddy, Director of Zane Bennett Contemporary Art. “We aim to facilitate the growth of an arts ecosystem in Santa Fe’s Railyard Arts District that both celebrates the history and influence of visual arts masters and uplifts the voices of a new generation of artists concerned with social and economic equity, environmental justice, and political reform.”

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Left: Helen Frankenthaler, “Causeway” (2001), color spitbite aquatint and soft-ground on Somerset velvet buff paper, 28 1/4 x 37 3/4 inches | Right: C. Alex Clark, “Spinning Crystal Vortex” (2018), unique hologram in glass, 17 x 14 inches

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