“With an informed eye, William Siegal has mixed contemporary art with antique textiles and ancient sculptural artifacts in a way that enriches both. In placing the old and new side by side, Siegal took them out of historical context and underscored their graphic analogies.”
–– Lea Feinstein, ArtNews – June 2008
The William Siegal Gallery in Santa Fe is a high-concept space that exhibits a distinguished collection of ancient art and artifacts alongside contemporary works of art. This stunning five thousand square foot gallery provides a rare opportunity to appreciate art that spans 5,000 years and many different cultures, while inspiring a new collecting sensibility: the Old is New and the New is Old. Side-by-side, they create exciting dialogs.
For over 40 years, William Siegal has assembled the world’s largest collection of Andean Textiles dating from 750 BC to the 19th Century. Ceremonial objects & artifacts from Meso & South American cultures, Ancient Chinese, Southeast Asia, African and Indonesian museum-quality pieces are also represented. William Siegal Gallery is located in Santa Fe’s dynamic Railyard District, now a major arts destination throughout the world and the central location of Santa Fe’s contemporary art scene.
BILL SIEGAL | Owner
Bill Siegal has collected, studied and sold historic and pre-Columbian textiles and objects since 1971. After working with textiles from Central America during the early 1970’s Mr. Siegal moved to LaPaz, Bolivia to collect and study the weavings of the Aymara people. He traveled the Bolivian Altiplano, from one remote village to the next going house to house in search of the finest ceremonial garments dating from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1988 he returned to the United States, moving to Santa Fe, NM in 1990. Mr. Siegal opened his first public gallery, Conlon Siegal Galleries, on Santa Fe’s renowned Canyon Road in 1996. The gallery featured ancient textiles and objects that combined the highest historical integrity and quality with the eye of a discriminating contemporary aesthetic. The gallery also showed cutting edge contemporary art and for five years thrived as a unique cultural destination in the Santa Fe art scene. In 2001 Mr. Siegal sold the Canyon Road galleries and moved into the heart of downtown for five years, before settling into his current space in 2006 in the Railyard Arts District. Since it’s founding, William Siegal Gallery has exhibited the world’s finest pre-Columbian textiles and objects as well as museum quality pieces from Asia and Africa. It is a premier source for curators as well as private collectors.
ERIC GARDUNO | Director
A local Santa Fean, Eric Garduno began working at Linda Durham Contemporary Art in Galisteo in 1999 and continued there through 2004 when he received a BFA in Studio Art (Summa Cum Laude) with a minor in Art History from The University of New Mexico. He then moved to New Haven, CT to attend the highly competitive Yale School of Art, where he finished an MFA in painting in 2006. After working in several New York galleries the following year, Eric relocated to Chicago to accept a position at the Chicago Conservation Center where he cultivated a strong interest in antiquities. After returning to Santa Fe in 2008, he was hired at William Siegal Gallery where he developed a knowledge of Pre-Colombian Textiles and Objects and continued to expand his knowledge of contemporary art and its markets. He became Director in 2012.
ABOUT THE WILLIAM SIEGAL GALLERY LOGO | Our logo is based upon a traditional design found on textiles from the Inca culture (1400 – 1532 AD) from Peru. Twentieth century painter, Joseph Albers created a painting in the late 1960’s exactly like this design, which was part of his series “Homage to the Square”. Five hundred years old yet very contemporary, our logo is truly emblematic of how inter-related ancient and contemporary are.