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Zaplin Lampert – The Gallery Behind the Cover
— Santa Fe & Taos


May 2, 2015


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For almost three decades, lifelong friends Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert (pictured here) have owned the Zaplin Lampert Gallery on Santa Fe's historic Canyon Road.



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For almost three decades, lifelong friends Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert (pictured here) have owned the Zaplin Lampert Gallery on Santa Fe's historic Canyon Road. From its inception, the gallery has been recognized as a premier destination for discovering artworks by the early artists of the Taos Society and the Santa Fe Art Colony, as well as signature 19th- and early- 20th-century American paintings. Along the way, the gallery established itself as a primary resource for color woodblock prints and intaglio printmaking by celebrated New Mexico artists such as Gustave Baumann and Gene Kloss. Considered one of the city's must-see galleries, ZLG also features a superior collection of traditional New Mexican arts, with handcrafted furniture, Southwestern textiles, and works by a few select contemporary painters and sculptors.

The gallery has earned a stellar reputation for expertise and quality in the field of classic Western art. The fifteen years Zaplin Lampert Gallery spent assisting an avid collector led to the remarkable Peterson Collection, on display at the recently opened Scottsdale Museum of the West. Both Richard and Mark were involved in the designing and curating of Courage and Crossroads: A Visual Journey Through the Early American West, which features more than 100 representative works from the collection. The exhibit chronicles the experiences of the explorers, trappers, mountain men and artists whose inspiration and love of adventure shaped the American West. “It’s not often that a gallery has the opportunity to be so closely involved with such an important museum in its infancy,” says Lampert.

During the final phase of this project, Mark Zaplin lost an heroic five-year battle with cancer. While the entire Zaplin Lampert Gallery family misses Mark, their mission remains the same. As Richard says, “The gallery’s real legacy will be our commitment to educating people about the art of the American West. Helping them to appreciate it and, when possible, to collect it. Our enthusiasm for the artists and their work, which so enriches our lives, continues. That will never change.”




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