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Galler-ama: What sells? Who's buying?

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

It is an often-repeated, probably apocryphal assertion that Santa Fe, with more than 200 GALLERIES, is the third largest art market in the  nation, falling behind NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES. Presumably, that position on the list  is based on sales of artworks but,  as even CASUAL GALLERY  VISITORS can attest, there are  galleries that sell art, and then there  are galleries that mix it up with a little ART, some FASHION, some FURNITURE, and even HOUSEWARES. With more dealers and collectors poised to gather what they may as the season’s numerous  art fairs get under way, and as  Art Santa Fe celebrates its 14th year, Pasatiempo approached a random  sampling of galleries in town to ask, “WHAT EXACTLY ARE PEOPLE BUYING?” If you’ve ever wondered what keeps some of  Santa Fe’s long-running galleries afloat in a tough art market, the following should give you some idea.

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