No matter how urbanized cities like Denver become, romantic images of tumbleweeds and telephone poles will always be attached to the American West. But the art coming out of our region has changed, and Gallery 1261 aims to highlight these new trends in Rethinking Western. The show features artists who want to set themselves apart from Western artists of the past, such as Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.
“The West isn’t provincial anymore,” says Mark Daily, whose work is showcased in the exhibition and who has portrayed the urbanization of the West for more than forty years. “The art world doesn’t center around New York anymore. That notion has become obsolete.”
The other artists in the show are Carolyn Anderson, Gordon Brown, Floyd DeWitt, Dianne L. Massey Dunbar, Ulrich Gleiter, Quang Ho, Steve Kestrel, Michael J. Lynch, Mike Malm, Jim Morgan, Derek Penix, Grant Redden, Dave Santillanes, Matt Smith, Jill Soukup, Kevin Weckbach and Michael Workman.
An opening reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the gallery, 1261 Delaware Street; Rethinking Western stays up through Febru-ary 23. For more information, call 303-571-1261 or visit www.gallery1261.com.
Fri., Jan. 11, 5-8 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Jan. 11. Continues through Feb. 23, 2013