Apocalypse Now

Painter Daniel Richter’s life work premieres in Denver.

“Apocalyptic,” “playful,” “druggy,” “deviant,” “defying analysis”: These are just some of the descriptions critics have applied to painter Daniel Richter’s oeuvre. Richter’s artistic foundation (he was born in 1962) was built on punk rock; he worked as a graphic designer of album covers and concert posters before continuing on to art academia. The results of these influences are allegorical abstract paintings that do not conform to classic interpretations. Richter takes our senses to the end of the world as we know it, but with their bright colors and sense of individual triumph, we feel fine.

Curated by Cristoph Heinrich, Daniel Richter: A Major Survey will hang in the Anschutz Gallery of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building through January 11. Richter was at the DAM Thursday to participate in the Logan Lecture Series; if you missed him, see his work today, when admission is free for all Colorado residents, courtesy of Target. The museum is at 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway; call 720-913-0150 or visit www.denverartmuseum.org for information.
Oct. 4-Jan. 11, 2008

 
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