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The New Mexican's Weekly Magazine of Arts, Entertainment & Culture Monday, July 28, 2014

Galler-ama: Meyer, Tai Modern, Barbara Meikle

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 5:00 am

Meyer Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, 505-983-1434

Tucked into a complex of galleries near the start of Canyon Road, Meyer Gallery, in existence since 1967, offers an eclectic mix of Southwestern landscapes, contemporary realist works, and trompe l’oeil paintings and sculpture. “We have over 50 artists at this point,” associate director Jordan West said. “One is Robert Daughters. He’s very well-known in this area. He had this van Gogh-esque, impressionistic style and is recognizable for his broad brushstrokes and vivid palette.” The gallery has a retrospective planned in October for Daughters, who died in 2013. “He’s doing well at the gallery — and has always.” Other Meyer Gallery artists who paint the Southwest landscape, such as Ken Daggett and William Hook, also sell. But in the area of sculpture, Dave McGary tops the list. “He’s known as a leader in American contemporary realist bronzes,” West said. Meyer does well with its different genres. Large-scale works in bronze tend to be purchased more by institutions such as libraries and children’s hospitals, and landscapes and figurative paintings are mainly purchased by private collectors. “Daniel Gerhartz is a great figurative painter, heavily influenced by John Singer Sargent,” West said. The gallery also represents Milt Kobayashi, whose work recalls that of the French Impressionists and also 16th- and 17th-century  Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Kobayashi’s works  — women and men observed in domestic scenes and public spaces such as restaurants and cafés — are candid and intimate, as though the artist is a fly on the wall watching people’s actions. “I think he does well because it’s not portraiture,” West said. “It’s not somebody staring at you. I find that sometimes people are uncomfortable with somebody they don’t know staring at them. With Milt, you’re almost a voyeur looking into their lives, wondering what’s going on in their conversations.” The gallery has one-person shows planned for McGary, Gerhartz, Kobayashi, and Hook during the summer.

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