For over four and a half decades, Kim Martindale has produced some of the country's most prestigious and successful art shows. He was immersed in the art world from an early age and has brought his professionalism and enthusiasm to all areas of his work: appraising, advising, buying, selling, and gallery management, along with art show development, promotion, and management.
When Martindale was only 16 years old, he helped coordinate and implement the original and influential Santa Fe Antique American Indian Art Show (Whitehawk). After graduating from high school in 1979, his specific areas of interest led to intensive studies at various University of California campuses as well as universities in Iowa, Japan, and Taiwan. At the same time, he continued his education by getting hands-on experience working for Sotheby’s Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
His passions led to a succession of groundbreaking shows in Santa Fe, New Mexico that he co-produced: Ethnographic Art Show, Winter Antiquities Show, the Summer Antiquities Show, and the Old West Show. Martindale’s credits also include the Tribal Art Show, held in association with the Denver Art Museum, and the Scottsdale Antiques and Fine Art Show, and ARTscottsdale, both in association with the Phoenix Art Museum and Art and Antiques Magazine. In California, he produced the Santa Monica Indian Art Show, as well as the San Francisco show, Ethnic Visions.
With California as his home base, Martindale recognized the growing influence Los Angeles was having on contemporary art and became a formative partner in establishing the official designation of January as Los Angeles Arts Month, thus creating a county-wide public and private partnership promoting all of the arts through every available media outreach. He is proud to be a past co-chair (with Ron Hartwig of the J. Paul Getty Trust) of the Los Angeles Arts Month Committee.
Martindale founded and produced the first 25 years of the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. He co-produces with John Morris the Objects of Art & American Indian/Tribal Santa Fe, which combines contemporary and historic material including fine art, paintings, sculpture, furniture, books, posters, jewelry, textiles, and tribal folk art, and American Indian material. They also produce the San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show and the American Indian Art Show|San Francisco—celebrating 38 years—which happen concurrently at Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.
I am excited to be working with SWAIA (SWAIA.org) during their Centennial year in a collective effort to transform and expand the direction of American Indian art. There are many new programs, including Art Indigenous Santa Fe (AISFE.CO) and a VIP Program. It is an honor to be spearheading Indigenous Celebration NM 2022 (IC22) with JoAnn Balzer, Bill Butler, Felipe Colon, and George Rivera in this new overarching marketing campaign uniting over 40 New Mexico based art organizations.
Martindale’s related credits include proprietorship of galleries in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Venice, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His professional memberships include the Antique Tribal Arts Dealers Association, of which he is a founding and current Board member, and the Professional Show Managers Association (PSMA), where he is also a Board member. Martindale’s current “private” gallery, K R Martindale Gallery in Marina Del Rey, California, offers (by appointment) an eclectic mixture of ethnographic art with an emphasis on contemporary paintings, Native American, Latin and Asian art.