Albuquerque is not all about Breaking Bad or great restaurants. This hip city is Santa Fe’s smaller, energetic cousin when it comes to art and culture. From cutting-edge independent galleries to public art museums and university exhibition spaces, this is a curated pick of the top ten contemporary art galleries in Albuquerque.
An ardent supporter of the innovative and the experimental, SCA Contemporary represents a carefully curated roster of artists working in diverse mediums, ranging from sculpture and painting to sound and video art. Thanks to this diversity and the gallery’s collaboration with numerous curators, exhibitions have been similarly wide-ranging.
SCA Contemporary Art, 524 Haines Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM, USA, +1 505-228-3749
A pristine white space with a strong focus on showcasing contemporary art by emerging and established artists, Richard Levy Gallery has been garnering critical acclaim globally. In addition to producing several quality exhibitions every year, the gallery is also one of the few New Mexico art spaces with past appearances at respected art fairs such as PULSE New York and Art Miami. From the Color Rhythms group show which presented abstract and geometric pieces by American artists to the works of pop art exponent Ed Ruscha, Richard Levy Gallery keeps its finger on the pulse of cutting-edge developments in the art industry.
Richard Levy Gallery, 514 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM, USA, +1 505-766-9888
Inpost Artspace is part of Albuquerque’s buzzing Outpost Performance Space, and thereby a venue where music, theater and the visual arts meet and react to one another. Inpost’s close curatorial ties to 516 Arts and the Harwood Art Center mean that exhibitions are coordinated by two cultural masterminds, giving the art space a further, dynamic boost. Although most shows feature New Mexico artists, this only serves as a compliment to the local art scene. Exhibits have presented a huge array of themes and media, from Mark Weber’s photographs covering the world of jazz music, to Nina Elder’s paintings exploring the relationship between landscape and architecture. Inpost Artspace makes for a perfect gallery experience prior to enjoying a concert housed in the very same complex.
Griffin & Mandeville is quite a unique space in Albuquerque and indeed New Mexico, as it confidently combines contemporary art with yoga. Exhibitions usually focus on painting and two-dimensional art, but some of the most interesting and original shows have featured giant wool installations, as in Warmth by J. A. Zona, and textured, mixed-media paintings, such as those by self-taught artist Sue Hanauer. Offering wall space to a mix of emerging and established artists, the gallery is perhaps more welcoming than it is dynamic, but it certainly offers a great way to enjoy the benefits of art while stretching and relaxing to the rhythms of yoga.