Wednesday, September 08, 2010

An Open Letter to the Arts Community in Santa Fe, NM

About the time this particular piece posts, our now-former associate director and the brilliant painter Max-Carlos Martinez will be heading to the airport to begin a new chapter of his life in Santa Fe. Max has a good deal of catching up to do with his family, most of whom live in New Mexico, and he's working on two upcoming solo exhibitions he has in 2011, but after he's settled in he will begin to look for work out there as well.

I realize I could just write Max a letter of recommendation (and will for anyone who wishes), but the one-page format and tone that's considered polite for such testaments couldn't begin to express how very fortunate I know the art gallery or museum in Santa Fe will be that invites Max to join their team. To say that Max has been the heart and soul of our gallery the six years he worked with us would be to only minimize how charmingly and expertly he managed client relations (with both collectors and artists), how I knew when I left town that there was never any reason to worry about how perfectly everything would run under Max's guidance (no small thing for a control freak like myself, let me tell you), and how he was always a trustworthy (and very patient) sounding-board with a keen sense for when I was drifting in my reasoning or letting my emotions get the better of me.

Max not only understands the essence of our gallery's mission as well as I do, he helped promote it in every interaction he had, whether by offering solid advice to artists stopping by to see if we were looking at work or talking at length with our represented artists so that he could not only sell their work but serve as a reliable sounding-board for them as well. Max did all this not because we could afford to pay him a king's ransom, but because, as an artist and as a dealer, his understanding for what drives people to make, discuss, and purchase art is personal. His participation in all this has been a labor of love. He represents the very best of the art market, in my opinion; business smart and art passionate.

We of course wish Max was not leaving. We have a good team in place in the gallery, but we miss our Mr. Martinez already. But I know that the space in Santa Fe smart enough to bring him on board will be extremely happy they've done so. I will be very happy to vouch for him in person as well (just call me at the gallery any time).

Treat him well, Santa Fe. You're inheriting a gem of a human being and an amazing asset to any organization.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opportunity for a Winkleman In Sante Fe Gallery ?

9/08/2010 10:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bon Voyage Max! Enjoy the family time and I hope the move to New Mexico is a wonderful one.

---ondine nyc

9/08/2010 10:43:00 AM  
Blogger kalm james said...

I agree with anon 10:17. As much as we'll miss Max here, he'll no doubt be functioning as a conduit between Santa Fe and New York, which makes him just that much more valuable to both locals. Maybe he can get some of these pasty New Yorkers out of the city, and corral some cowgirls and boys for exposure here in Gotham. BTW, Santa Fe is the third largest art market in the US behind only New York and LA.

9/08/2010 01:26:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Go Maxwell! Authentic Mex food.

9/08/2010 01:29:00 PM  
Blogger Diane McGregor said...

Thanks for telling Santa Fe about Max. I live here, I'm an abstract painter, and I would love to introduce Max to some of the other artists in Santa Fe. You're right, Edward, it sounds as if Santa Fe has inherited a gem of a human being! Max, you can get in touch with me through my blog or website.

9/09/2010 05:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Max said...

Thank you Ed,

been settling in here, fabulous location, many festivities as there is a fiesta this weekend. Already have met some wonderful people, tonight another party, looks like that is the way that the weekend will go, not a bad way to get my feet wet here. Thank you again for everything!

9/10/2010 08:19:00 PM  
Blogger ideaimages said...

Edward, what a beautifully (and truthfully) articulated letter of support for our friend! Best of luck to both of you.

9/11/2010 12:02:00 AM  

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