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State OF THE Art Market

LESS THAN A YEAR AGO, few of us could have imagined that life would soon be turned upside down by a global pandemic. How has this upheaval affected the western art world so far? We sought answers from six established gallery leaders: Ventana Fine Art owner Connie Axton and Manitou Galleries manager Cyndi Hall, both in Santa Fe, NM; Ann Korologos, owner of Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt, CO; Saks Galleries owner Mikkel Saks in Denver, CO; Beau Alexander, owner of Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; and Jeff Wilcox, manager of Wilcox Gallery in Jackson, WY.

Throughout this challenging period, these experts have kept their businesses going and their staffs employed, caring for the artists they represent and looking after collectors’ needs. Their insights and comments may well enlighten and inspire you.

Closing & Reopening

The most immediate impact of the pandemic on galleries was that last spring, like businesses everywhere, they had to lock their doors for weeks or months, depending on state or local government directives. How galleries have fared since the lockdown ended has depended largely on their location and their preparedness for conducting business online.

In a town whose economy relies so much on tourism and is known for its almost

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