Arvada Center exhibition director Collin Parson has laid out the field so that there's a rough chronology to the installation, which is in the gigantic lower-level galleries. In some cases, Parson has included the artist's latest works instead of the more appropriate period pieces — which throws off the story, particularly in Richert's case. And that's too bad, because it underplays Richert's importance in the development of pattern painting, one of the most important chapters in the state's modern art history. I have two other criticisms of Perception: There's so little sculpture, and Parson also chose to include artists who are not part of the Colorado narrative. While it's not wrong to put Colorado art with art from elsewhere, it detracts from the exhibit's key point: how this kind of cutting-edge work has flourished in Colorado for over a half-century.

“Lunar Lake,” by Adam Holloway, spray paint on panel.
“Lunar Lake,” by Adam Holloway, spray paint on panel.

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Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

30 W. Dale St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Southern Colorado

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Northwest Denver Suburbs

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Through September 15, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, 719-634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.Through August 25, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.

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Both the history of Colorado art and the current nature of the art scene are in their draft stages of documentation. That means that exhibits — both those with catalogues, such as the CSFAC Bunnell show, and those without, like Perception — are the chief ways to learn about the state's visual culture. As far-flung as these venues are, the two shows provide an essential lesson.

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rkallweit
rkallweit

fine article on Colorado art/ birthplace of many current trends

I remember when Dean Fleming moved here he said " I used to be treated like a prince but here they count the silverware. "

But that was also history!

rkallweit
rkallweit

Hi from Connecticut

Liked the "historical" perspective on the Colorado art. Fine article but I am not sure that Charlie DiJulio would like the name change to Charles dijulio.

More needs to be explored on "pattern painting" and Criss-Cross .

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rkallweit
rkallweit

Oops.Charlie used to sign many of works in different ways over the years

ACDijulio  Charlie diJulio, Charles diJulio  and so on . Names and name changes are funny things.

 
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