Dear Friends of SITE Santa Fe:

I am delighted to share the details of the Live Auction that will take place during our upcoming SITE Gala 2013. A festive and much anticipated event, this auction raises vital funds to support so much of what we do at SITE. Artists and galleries from around the country have contributed to our auction, showing extraordinary generosity and support for our work. We are immensely grateful to them and to SITE’s dedicated Gala Committee that brought every aspect of this event together.

On the occasion of our SITE Gala, we are proud to honor Richard Tuttle one of the most influential and enduring artists of his generation. Employing humble materials ranging from bubble wrap and Styrofoam to rope and nails, Richard’s playful and minimal works subvert the traditions of sculpture and painting, making way for new forms and new ideas. Over the last five decades he has exhibited in some of the most important museums in the world, including our own when he had a solo show at SITE Santa Fe in 1998 in tandem with an exhibition of work by his dear friend, the late Agnes Martin. Today, we honor Richard, his prolific career, and his enduring and ambitious creative vision.

This year we’re also delighted to honor Lorlee and Arnold Tenebaum, longstanding supporters of SITE, community leaders, passionate collectors, and treasured residents of Santa Fe and Savannah. Lorlee and Arnold’s generosity of time and service have been demonstrated at SITE for more than a decade. Their passion, good humor, and dedication are an inspiration. We feel fortunate to count Lorlee and Arnold among our champions and pleased to share our celebration of them with you.

I look forward to celebrating with you, and thank you all for being part of this special event. In the pages of wonderful artworks that follow, I hope you will find your next great art acquisition. With every bid you make, you help support the artists and exhibitions that we bring to you. From all of us at SITE, thanks for your support, and let the bidding begin.

Irene Hofmann
Phillips Director and Chief Curator

Lot 1: Amy Cutler

Widow’s Peak, 2011

Ten-color lithograph
361⁄4 x 241⁄2 inches
Edition 6/25,
Collaborating printer: Bill Lagattuta Courtesy of the artist and Tamarind Institute
b. 1974. Poughkeepsie, NY. lives and works in Brooklyn

Amy Cutler’s meticulously rendered paintings on paper conjure unusual worlds predominantly inhabited by women. The women who populate Cutler’s paintings are often similarly dressed and engaged in enigmatic activities such as mending tigers or awkwardly carrying mysterious loads through semi-bucolic landscapes. Though they seem to invoke fantasy worlds, Cutler’s compositions are grounded in the exploration of interior states and are inspired by the complex web of emotions generated by real-life situations. Cutler explores similar themes in her prints, which she has produced concurrent with her painting practice.

Cutler created Widow’s Peak, when she was in residence at Tamarind Institute in 2011; the same time she had an exhibition at SITE Santa Fe. SITE presented a representative selection of paintings from public and private collections. This exhibition traveled to the museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was nominated for best show in a University Gallery by AICA-USA. Cutler participated in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and has had solo exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Her works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 Tamarind Institute is a nonprofit center for fine art lithography that trains master printers and houses a professional collaborative studio for artists. For more information: 505-277-3901, email, or visit

Lot 2: Lee Friedlander

Honolulu, 1977
Printed 1970s gelatin-silver print signed, titled & dated verso in pencil stamped verso in ink
11 x 7-1/4 inches, image [
14 x 11 inches, sheet]
Lee Friedlander, Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
b. 1934, Abeerden, Washington. lives and works in New York

In a career spanning over five decades, photographer Lee Friedlander has developed a diverse body of work, in which he has consciously departed from compositional framing devices traditionally used in photography. Friedlander is well-known for works portraying the American social landscape, however, an interest in floral, fauna, and the natural landscape is also a consistent aspect of his work. Honolulu, is among a body of images that present intriguing views, and snapshots from different American locales. Versions of this work are in the collec- tions of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The retrospective exhibition Lee Friedlander was presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2005 and in 2008 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and was accompanied by an important monograph. In 2010, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York exhibited the entirety of his body of work, America by Car. Lee Friedlander: New Mexico, was published by Santa Fe’s Radius Books in 2008,and focuses on his engagement with the state he has visited regularly since the 1960’s.

Lot 3: Susan York

Untitled (Solid Vertical), 2009

Solid graphite
12 3⁄4 x 4 3⁄4 x 5 1⁄4 inches
Courtesy of the Artist and James Kelly Contemporary
b. Newport, Rhode Island. lives and works in Santa Fe

Lucy Lippard entitled an essay about Susan York’s work “Between Tension and Tranquility.” That phrase is an apt description of a core focus of York’s output for approximately the last ten years. Her sculptures and drawings reflect an intense investigation of the versatility of the medium of graphite, and through this paring down of both color and material, York’s works turn our attention to the subtleties of form and space. Cast graphite sculptures like Untitled (Solid Vertical), belie their weight as they float in space, and draw the viewer into a meditative contemplation.

In November 2013 York’s work will be included in an exhibition at the Mies van der Rohe Haus in Berlin. She has exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Lannan Foundation, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago among others. York’s works are included in the Panza Collection, Italy, and the collections of the Lannan Foundation, the Stedejlijk Museum, the Nether- lands and the New Mexico Museum of art among others.

Lot 4: James Drake

Drake_In The Cool of the Evening
In The Cool of the Evening, 2007
Charcoal on paper
40 x 26 inches (45 x 311⁄2 framed)

Courtesy of the Artist
b. 1946, Lubbock, Texas. Lives and works in Santa Fe

James Drake creates works in diverse media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, video and installation, that are animated by the artist’s engagement with a variety of personal, social and political experiences, art, literature, history, and mythology. His works often reflect upon the poignancy of the human experience—its triumphs, trials and tribulations. The charcoal drawing In The Cool of the Evening is part of a series of drawings entitled Toward the Pandemonium of the Sun. This work is featured in Drake’s monograph published by The University of Texas Press in 2008.

Drake will have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in the sum- mer of 2014. He has had over 60 solo shows and been included in notable groups exhibition including the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 2007 Venice Biennale. Recent exhibitions in- clude Salon of a Thousand Souls (2011-12) at the New Mexico Museum of Art. His exhibition City of Tells was presented at SITE Santa Fe in 2005. Drake’s work is in over thirty public collections including those of Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Lot 5: Chen Qiulin

Drowning Diary, 2006
Color photograph
491⁄4 x 783⁄4 inches
Edition 6/10
Courtesy of Max Protetch
b. 1975, Hubei, China. lives and works in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Chen Qiulin creates works in photography, video, sculpture and performance. Set in both post-industrial and natural settings in her native Sichuan Province, her works explore the rapidly changing Chinese cultural landscape impacted by natural disasters, urbanization, and tradition. Drowning Diary is part of a series of self-portrait photograph of the artist in a wedding dress in various stages of drowning. The work is composed of over 4,000 individual images, which, from a distance, form a grid of abstract dots.

In 2009 she had a solo exhibition at UCLA Hammer Museum, as part of the Hammer projects series. Her work was featured in the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial (2010) and the Gwangju Biennale(2008), as well as group exhibi- tions at the Smart Museum- University of Chicago(2008) Museum of Fine Arts Houston (2006). Her works are in the collection of the UCLA Hammer Museum, Denver Art Museum, the Albright-Knox Gallery, and the Bohen Foundation, New York among others.

Lot 6: Ellsworth Kelly

Dartmouth, 2011
5 color lithograph
14 x 281⁄2 inches
SP 11/11, Edition of 45

Courtesy of Gemini G.E.L. Los Angeles
b. 1923, Newburgh, New York. Lives and works in Spencertown and Chatham, New York

Ellsworth Kelly is widely considered to be one of the most renowned living abstract artists, creating paintings, sculptures, and prints. Kelly, now ninety years old, continues to expand his investigation of color, scale, and form that he began seven decades ago. This print, Dartmouth is related to the Dartmouth Panels, a site-specific sculptural installation at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for the façade of the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The Dartmouth Panels were the gift of Leon and Debra Black in honor of the Black Family Visual Arts Center (opened in 2012), which faces the aforementioned building. In this work, Kelly’s careful consideration of color, material, and scale activate and engage with the surrounding environment. This print was produced by Gemini G.E.L. who has worked with Kelly to make over two hundred editions since 1970.

Kelly’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions including retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Kelly’s work was included in SITE Santa Fe’s Fourth International Biennial Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism. Ellsworth Kelly: The Chatham Series is on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York until September 2013.

Lot 7: Laura Letinsky

Untitled #3, 2009
From The Dog and the Wolf
Color photograph
34 x 45 inches

Courtesy of Karen and Steve Berkowitz
b. 1962, Winnipeg, Canada. lives and works in Chicago

Since the 1990’s Laura Letinsky has been creating photographs that seek to imbued the centuries old genre of the still life with new formal possibilities. Her works explore the complexity of domestic relations through engagement with the detritus left over from activities that take place in the home. In particular, she will carefully arrange the remnants from dinner par- ties and others meals into highly evocative compositions. Untitled #3 is from a series of photographs taken in the home of a Chicago collector.

Letinsky’s work is featured in Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, which will be on view at SITE Santa Fe February- May 2014. In 2012 she had a solo exhibition at the Den- ver Art Museum. Her work in included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.

Lot 8: Byron Kim

Kim_Sunday Painting 2

Sunday Painting, May 4, 2008
Sunday Painting, September 5, 2012

Acrylic and pen on canvas mounted on panel
14 x 14 inches (each)

Courtesy of the Artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai
b. 1961, La Jolla, California. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Byron Kim is a conceptual artist and painter. His 2006 retrospective Threshold originated at the Berkeley Art Museum and traveled to five national and international venues. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, and The National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), among others.

Kim’s Sunday Painting is a project that he has been engaged in since 2001. Each Sunday,
Kim creates a painting of the sky from wherever in the world he finds himself. The skyscapes are coupled with diaristic text, creating a dialogue between the infinite and the everyday. The title of the series plays on the term “Sunday painter,” which denotes an amateur who painted out of personal passion, rather than professional ambition. This idea becomes a conceptual trope in Kim’s works, which are infused with informal, personal musing, while being the product of a serious artist. Sunday Painting was featured in the 2012 SITE Santa Fe exhibition Time-Lapse.

Lot 9: Mungo Thomson - Special Artist Commission

TIME Magazine Portrait Commission
Ink on Yupo
Four drawings, 13 x 10 inches (each)
Thomsom will create up to four ink drawings based on the TIME Magazine issue released the week of each sitter’s birth.
Courtesy of the Artist
b. 1969, Los Angeles. lives and works in Los Angeles

Mungo Thomson is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores mass culture, cosmology, and reception with economy and wit. He has been described as a perceptual artist who works with language and context rather than light and space. His work addresses the voids that exist within culture–the gaps, pauses, digressions and mistakes that surround material production, institutional space, and everyday life. His 2013 SITE Santa Fe solo exhibition Time, People, Money, Crickets, featured an installation of mirrors based on TIME magazine covers. For SITE’s auction, Thomson is offering a series of four portrait commissions. Each drawing will be based on the TIME Magazine cover for the issue that was produced during each person’s birthday week.

Mungo Thomson has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); The Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2007); and Galeria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAMeC), Bergamo, Italy (2006), among others. His work has been included in several notable group exhibitions including The Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance Festival (2012); Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), Istanbul, Turkey (2011); Compilation IV at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany (2009); The 2008 Whitney Biennial; and PERFORMA05: First Biennial of Visual Art Performance (2005), among others. His works are in many public and private collections

including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among others.

Lot 10: Mary Temple - Special Artist Commission

Southwest Light for Santa Fe, 
From the Light Installations series

Site-specific commission
Acrylic paint on existing architecture
Approximately 45 x 60 inches
Courtesy the Artist and Mixed Greens 

b. 1957, Phoenix, AZ. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

In Mary Temple’s site-specific series Light Installations, light and shadow from nearby windows seem to be raking the walls of the gallery. The illusion, however, is a hand-painted trompe l’oeil wall work, often situated in rooms with little or no natural light. In this series the artist relies on viewers’ knowledge and memory of light interacting with the given space to raise questions of belief and doubt. For the SITE Santa Fe exhibition More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, Temple executed Southwest Corner, North Light in SITE ‘s lobby creating the illusion that the New Mexico sunlight was streaming through the windows casting shadows that reflected the foliage outside.

Mary Temple’s work was featured in SITE Santa Fe exhibitions More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness and Time-Lapse, both in 2012. Her light installations have been installed at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas Austin, and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and she has had solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Savannah College of Art and Design, among others.

Temple will work with the buyer to create the above wall-painted work in a site of the buyer’s choosing.
*The price paid at auction includes all of the installation-related costs including: materials, travel, accommodations, and wages for Mary Temple’s assistant to install the work in the collector’s home (within the continental U.S.). The installation will take approximately two days in addition to a Skype conversation with the artist to help chose the appropriate placement.

Lot 11: Alexandre Arrechea

No Limits, 2013
Portfolio of 10 photolithographs with aluminum dusting
201⁄4 x 201⁄4 inches (each)
Edition 3 / 30
Courtesy of the Artist and Magnan Metz Gallery, New York
B. 1970, Trinidad, Cuba. Lives and works in Havana

Alexandre Arrechea was a founding member of the Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros (1994-2003). In his solo work he has focused on an explora- tion of architecture and public and domestic space. This portfolio of ten prints No Limits, is related to the sculptures produced for Arrechea’s project No Limits, his first New York public art exhibition. For this exhibition, monumental sculp- tures were sited within the malls on Park Avenue from 54th to 67th Streets. The sculptures allude to iconic New York buildings including the Seagram Building, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.

Arrechea represented Cuba in the 2011 Venice Biennale, the first time that the country had a national pavilion. His work has been included in the 11th and 10th Havana Biennials (2012, 2009), the Moscow Biennial (2009) and the Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art (2009), among other notable international exhibitions. Arrechea’s work is in many public collections including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los An- geles, The Daros Collection, Geneva, and the Museo Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Reina Sofia, Madrid, among others.

Lot 12: Ed Ruscha

Standard, Figueroa, 1962-2012
$ 7,500
Gelatin silver print
Edition 3/30
Image size: 9 3⁄4 x 9 inches; Paper size: 14 x 11inches
Courtesy of the Artist
b. 1937, Omaha. Lives and works in Los Angeles

Ed Ruscha is an artist known for his exploration of the everyday landscape of urban America, with a particular focus on Southern California. For over fifty years he has created painting, photographs, prints, drawings, films, and artists’ books that his reflect his deadpan, though revealing, meditations on language, and the built and natural environment. Standard, Figueroa, 1962- 2012, is a recent print of a work that was featured in Ruscha’s first photo book project, Twentysix Gasoline Stations (published 1963). Ruscha drove the length of Route 66 from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, photographing gas stations along the way. This photo features the Standard gas station on Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. Twentysix Gasoline Stations, along with several other Ruscha books, was included in the exhibition State of Mind, on view at SITE from February to May, 2013.

Ruscha represented the United States at the 51st Venice Biennial (2005) and his work has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions. In 2000 an exhibition that focused on forty years of Rushca’s editions was presented at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among other venues. A major retrospective of his work Ed Ruscha: Fifty Years of Painting was presented at the Hayward Gallery, London; Haus der Kunst, Munich; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm in 2009-10.

Lot 13: Richard Tuttle

The Triumph of Night, 2010
Handmade paper with incised and relief wood bloc, à la poupée, pigmented paper
12 x 39 1⁄4 inches
AP 3 of 4 Edition 15 + 4 APs
Courtesy of the Artist
b. 1941, Roselle, New Jersey. Lives and works in New York and New Mexico

Richard Tuttle lives and works in New York and New Mexico Richard Tuttle is widely considered one of the most influential and enduring artists of his generation. Working in sculpture, painting, draw- ing, printmaking, artist’s books and installation for nearly five decades, Tuttle’s work expresses an ongoing pursuit of a reduction in material, shape, color and volume. The Triumph of Night is part of a body of works in different media that reflect on Tuttle’s meditation on a series of poems entitled Triumphs, by the 14th century Italian poet Francesco Petrarch.

Richard Tuttle has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 1998, he had a solo exhibition at SITE Santa Fe in tandem with an exhibition of work by his friend, the late Agnes Martin.

Lot 14: Enrique Martínez Celaya

Study for The Short Journey, 2013
Watercolor and charcoal on paper
30 x 38.5″
Courtesy of the Artist and LA Louver Gallery
b. 1964, Palo, Cuba. Lives and works in Miami

Enrique Martínez Celaya’s interdisciplinary practice, which encompasses painting, photography and writing, is influenced by a wide array of interested including Nordic poetry, quantum physics, the emotional mechanism of kitsch, analytic and continental philosophy, Latin American literature, and everyday life.  In July 2013, SITE Santa Fe opened Martínez Celaya’s exhibition The Pearl, which transformed all of SITE’s gallery spaces into an immersive environment that includes paintings, sculpture, video, photography, waterworks, and sounds.  In The Pearl, Martínez Celaya takes the notion of home as both a point of departure and destination to craft a visual poem of strong emotional, philosophical, and psychological resonance.

Martínez Celaya’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, among others. In addition to his work in the visual arts, Martínez Celaya is the author of several books including Collected Writings and Interviews 1990-2010 and The Nebraska Lectures, both published by the University of Nebraska Press.