Contemporary Prints by Art Stars Take Over Michael Warren Contemporary

Installation shot of Carroll Dunham's ethings on the left with Alex Katz's "3pm," a woodblock print, on the right.
Installation shot of Carroll Dunham's ethings on the left with Alex Katz's "3pm," a woodblock print, on the right.

Select Prints From the Collection, at Michael Warren Contemporary, is part of the Mo’Print mania that’s raging in town this month. The show includes prints by big-name contemporary artists that were collected by the late William van Straaten, who was an art dealer for more than forty years.

Installation shot of a Lynda Benglis print on the left, and a row of three Sol LeWitts, on the right.
Installation shot of a Lynda Benglis print on the left, and a row of three Sol LeWitts, on the right.

Van Straaten's original gallery was in Chicago, but he relocated it to Denver a few years before he died, and it occupied the same address as Michael Warren does now. In 1998, he founded Riverhouse Editions in Steamboat Springs, which was succeeded by Oehme Graphics twenty years later.

Reflecting a taste for the best, van Stratten’s hoard is made up of first-rate prints by a who's who of contemporary artists from the period during which he collected (essentially the 1980s through the 2000s). The selections include prints by John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Carroll Dunham, Eric Fischl, Al Held, Alex Katz, Sol LeWitt, Elizabeth Murray, James Rosenquist, Kiki Smith and Fred Tomaselli.

Sol LeWitt's "Horizontal Wavy Lines," etching and photogravure.
Sol LeWitt's "Horizontal Wavy Lines," etching and photogravure.
Sol LeWitt

Select Prints From the Collection hangs through April 23 at Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive. For more information, call 303-667-2447 or go to michaelwarrencontemporary.com.

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