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Zaplin Lampert Gallery: Three Decades of Excellence
— Santa Fe & Taos

August 4, 2014


We sit down with Richard Lampert, one of the owners of Zaplin Lampert Gallery, and talk to him about the history of the gallery and what it means to be in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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  • Writer
    Alex Ignacio

  • Photography
    Alex Ignacio & Jonathan Tercero

  • Videography
    Jonathan Tercero

What would you do if you and your lifelong best friend discovered a treasure trove of long forgotten photographs by Edward S. Curtis? If you're Richard Lampert and Mark Zaplin, you would answer the personal call of Manifest Destiny and leave Boston, Massachusetts to head west to Santa Fe, New Mexico and open Zaplin Lampert Gallery.

...we decided that Santa Fe had become the center of the art world...

We recently sat down with Richard Lampert and spoke with him about their beginnings and their work with historic Southwest art. They have since expanded from Edward S. Curtis to collect and sell works by many of the early artists of Santa Fe, Taos, and the American West including Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Gustave Baumann, Gene Kloss, and many more.

Zaplin Lampert Gallery is a veritable historic fine art institution, and during our many visits we overheard several phone conversations with various museums and private collectors looking for expert advice and appraisals. We also had the privilege of being introduced to John Armstrong, who recently donated 450 Gene Kloss prints to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, and stopped by to talk with other Gene Kloss aficionados.

Our time at Zaplin Lampert Gallery was illuminating, educational, and fun. Even though Richard constantly fields inquiries, calls, emails, and personal visits with his collectors from all over the world, he always stopped to offer us a bottle of water every time we walked in the door. It's obvious why Zaplin Lampert Gallery has been so successful and will continue to be a Santa Fe treasure for a long time.

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