Sketches

Brief reviews of current shows

60 Years of Colorado Modernism, et al. Among the specialties of the Kirkland Museum in Capitol Hill is art made in Colorado -- in particular, modern art, which makes sense, because the late Vance Kirkland, for whom the museum is named, was Denver's premier mid-century modernist. The current exhibit, 60 Years of Colorado Modernism, put together by director and founder Hugh Grant, ambles through the two-story facility, with pieces culled from the museum's extensive collection, including examples by Kirkland himself along with the work of Herbert Bayer, Al Wynne, Robert Mangold, Beverly Rosen, Martha Daniels, Betty Woodman and more. Another specialty of the Kirkland is design and decor, and the other show there, From Framing to Furnishing, highlights architects' work owned by the Kirkland. This show, too, runs throughout the museum, with pieces indicated by special blue tags. Creations by legendary designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Joseph Hoffman, Donald Deskey, Gio Ponti and scores of others are featured. Through March 4 at the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, 1311 Pearl Street, 303-832-8576.

Terry Maker, et al. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting its crop of winter exhibits with Terry Maker: New Work occupying the large West Gallery. Maker is well known in the area for her unusual three-dimensional mixed-media wall pieces that would be paintings if she used paint instead of cut, rolled and otherwise altered papers. In the East Gallery is the elegant Jimi Billingsley: Transit Glyphs, which is made up of color photographs depicting graffiti etched into the windows of subway and elevated trains in New York. This makes the backgrounds -- and not the tagging -- the principal subject of the pictures. In the Union Works Gallery is DJRABBI: Society of the Spectacle (A Digital Remix), a DVD collaboratively made by Mark Amerika, Rick Silva and Trace Reddell. The piece combines political and pop-cultural references, with visuals by Silva, sound by Reddell and edgy subtitles by Amerika. Through January 27 at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder, 303-443-2122.

Under the Radar. Among the treasure trove of art shows now in the area, UNDER THE RADAR: Chinese Contemporary Art at Robischon is clearly one of the best. The exhibit was put together by gallery co-director Jennifer Doran; its title is a play on Radar: Selections from the Collection of Vicki & Kent Logan, currently in the Anschutz Gallery on the second level of the DAM's Hamilton building. The Logans also loaned Robischon a pair of monumental works -- a sculpture of a pig by Chen Wenling and a triptych devoted to Buddha by Yen Lei -- that add pizzazz to the offering. Catching your eye while you're still out on the sidewalk is "Tang Lady," a fiberglass sculpture of a woman in traditional dress by Yu Fan. Another Fan, "Liu Hulan," is a genuine showstopper: Lying on the ground on a pool of plastic blood is a supine woman whose throat has been cut. (Hulan was a martyr for the Communist revolution.) Other artists in the show include Suo Tan, Liu Hong, Chen Liangjie and Zhang Dhali. Through December 30 at Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, 303-298-7788. Reviewed November 16.

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