Opening his first gallery location in Santa Fe during the early 1970s, Gerald Peters has always embraced an unconventional approach. Presenting a diverse range of stylistic and aesthetic movements as well as historic periods, the Santa Fe gallery showed established artists and artworks alongside many lesser known, more esoteric works. In 1976, Peters became Georgia O’Keeffe’s exclusive dealer, representing the artist until her death in 1986; a relationship that cemented both the gallery’s position in Santa Fe’s art ecosystem and as a leading dealer of Modernist works.
Expanding the gallery’s presence to New York in the 1990s, Peters continued to build the breadth and range of the gallery’s program, bringing forward a comprehensive sculpture department to show in tandem with two-dimensional works. The sculpture program included American Neoclassical works by canonical artists like Hiram Powers, as well as those sculptors who, until very recently, were largely unrecognized, like Edmonia Lewis. Iconic sculpture of the Western canon and Modernist works by Paul Manship, Gaston Lachaise and William Zorach were also central to the gallery?s sculpture focus.
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In 2014, Peters established a formal Contemporary program in both Santa Fe and New York which embodies an eclecticist ethos that shapes the curatorial perspective. The Contemporary gallery focuses on emerging textile artists like Elizabeth Hohimer, native artists like Patrick Dean Hubbell, who incorporate myriad aesthetic approaches, and enigmatic artists like Maurice Burns, whose work examines the intersections between the Black American experience and American Western narratives. In addition, the gallery exhibits a robust sculpture program, which includes artists like Karen LaMonte whose works explore gender and identity, together with ceramicists like José Sierra and Daniel Johnston; artists whose works challenge long-held notions about the distinctions and perceived hierarchy between craft and fine art.