By Show and Tell
By Bree Davies
By Bree Davies
By Cory Casciato
By Emilie Johnson
By Robin Edwards
By Bree Davis
By Josiah M. Hesse
Right now there are a lot of additional sculptures in the park; they're part of Bernar Venet, a traveling show that's installed there, at the Gates Sculpture Triangle near the Millennium Bridge and in select locations around downtown. The exhibit began traveling the world in 1993; its Denver stop is sponsored by the NBT Charitable Trust. The show is especially relevant because Denver recently acquired a major Venet, "Indeterminate Line," situated just a block away from and within sight of the part of the show installed at the park. Venet's signature is looping, airy, abstract steel forms that are both linear and organic -- a wonderful balancing act.
I don't need to answer Grant directly about how well the park works; the exhibit provides overwhelming evidence that I was right all along. The Venets (above) are gorgeous, but they look ridiculous in the shadow of the idiotic "Dancers" -- like tumbleweeds blowing around their feet.
Venet, who was born in France but has lived in New York for decades, is transitioning from being an established artist to becoming a genuinely famous one. Why, just a couple of weeks ago, Andy Rooney lampooned his work on 60 Minutes in one of those patented "don't-you-just-hate-it-when" rants. His complaint had to do with his antipathy to contemporary sculpture in public places. A group of Venets was installed on New York's Park Avenue this past summer, and that's how the artist wound up in Rooney's crosshairs.
The Bernar Venet show runs through August 31, but "Indeterminate Line" will be on display permanently.