Brief reviews of current shows

JENNY MORGAN, COLIN LIVINGSTON and EFF STRAHL. Ivar Zeile's + Gallery is launching the fall season with three solos featuring emerging artists. Up front is JENNYMORGAN: Romantic Comedies, made up of edgy representational paintings. In recent years, Morgan has been doing nude self-portraits with key elements cropped out, and she's gained a lot of critical success with the formula. For these new paintings, she added a man, who's also been cropped. Morgan, who lived in Denver, recently moved to New York to attend graduate school. In the center space is an imaginative show, COLIN LIVINGSTON: Palettes, Patterns, Logos and Slogans, in which potential collectors are invited to select from a menu of -- you guessed it -- palettes, patterns, logos and slogans that Livingston will then use to create paintings on order. The show includes sample combinations by Livingston himself. The results have a pop-art flair, but the deadpan slogans and his innovative process add a neo-dada angle. In the back is JEFF STRAHL: Vallari, which lends + the atmosphere of a biker bar. Through October 7 at + Gallery, 2350 Lawrence, 303-296-0927. Reviewed September 21.

Selected Prints From ULAE. After being closed for the better part of a year, Robin Rule has finally reopened her gallery. For the grand opening, she's presenting Selected Prints From Universal Limited Art Editions, which showcases works from the famous printmaker. ULAE was established in the 1950s when Larry Rivers and Frank O'Hara contracted to make a collaborative piece; since then, it has worked with many of the most important artists of our time. Founded on Long Island by Tatyana Grosman, a self-taught printer, ULAE is now world-renowned, with the Museum of Modern Art acquiring a piece from each edition. In 1969, Bill Goldston joined ULAE; he took over as director and master printer in 1982, after Grosman's death. Goldston has come to Denver to oversee the installation of this show, which includes work by Lee Bontecou, Chuck Close, Carroll Dunham, Robert Motherwell, Elizabeth Murray, Barnett Newman, James Rosenquist and others from the same lofty league. With all the out-of-towners coming to take in the new Hamilton Building, Rule obviously wanted to fill her space with blue-chip work by artists that everybody knows. Through October 21 at Rule Gallery, 227 Broadway, 303-777-9473.

WAVES ON THE TURQOISE LAKE et al. An important and unusual exhibit, WAVES ON THE TURQOISE LAKE provides a rare glimpse into contemporary Tibetan art. The show, put together by CU Art Museum director Lisa Tamiris Becker and by the Mechak Center's Victoria Scoggin, is not limited to artists working in Tibet, but instead includes Tibetan artists living around the world. Clearly, ancient Tibetan art is still relevant to contemporary art, and many of the pieces in the show refer back to scrolls and other religious paintings. It's not only a clash of old and new, but also a situation where East meets West head-on. Among the artists included are Gonkar Gyatso, Shelka Sodhon, Jhamsang, and Migmar Wangdu. On Saturday, September 30, there will be a symposium from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a reception afterward. Also on view at the museum is VESTIGE/VESTIGIO, a three-artist group show highlighting video, installation and new media. The artists included, all of whom are Latin American, are Laura Anderson Barbata, Oscar Muñoz and Betsabeé Romero. Through October 20 at the CU Art Museum in the Sibell-Wolle Fine Arts Building, CU-Boulder campus, 303-492-8300.

WHAT SEASON IS THIS et al. There are two interesting shows kicking off the fall season at Walker Fine Art. Up front is WHAT SEASON IS THIS, which pairs recent paintings by Don Quade and sculptures by Paula Castillo. Quade uses his old standby -- abstract geometric shapes -- in these paintings, but he's also incorporated images based on plants, which is new for him. These paintings look like traditional wallpaper, and oddly enough, that gives them a contemporary edge. Castillo's neo-minimalist sculptures work well with the Quades, though they have nothing in common except a shared taste for subtle colors. Castillo's strongest effort is "staircase," in which seven blocky, steel bench-like shapes are arranged in a semi-circle to evoke a theater or chapel. In the back, Selective Vision: The Art of Digital Atelier brings together experimental photo-based pieces by Dorothy Krause, Bonny Lhotka and Karin Schminke, with each given one wall. Through September 30 at Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Avenue, #A, 303-355-8955. Reviewed September 21.

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