John Madden is a big-time office developer, and one of his best-known buildings is the Palazzo Verdi, a glam-Italianate tower near the Denver Tech Center that was designed by Curt Fentress. But Madden and his wife, Marjorie, are serious art collectors, too. And among the many amenities of the glitzy Palazzo is the Madden Museum of Art, which showcases both the couples personal collection and pieces loaned by others.
The latest show at the Madden is Thomas Hart Benton and Anthony Benton Gude, which pairs works by the late Benton, the metaphorical father of 1930s regionalism, with those of his grandson, Gude, who works in a related style.
This is the first time Ive shown my work in an exhibition alongside my grandfathers, says Gude. The show is actually a dream come true for me, and thanks to John Madden and art consultant Abbi Levine, it all just came together.
The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Madden in the Palazzo, 6363 South Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village; admission is free. The show is on view through December 30. For more information, go to www.themaddenmuseum.org or call 303-763-1970.
Sept. 9-Dec. 30, 2010