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1996 Stories by Michael Paglia

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  • Remembering Rigsby

    published December 19, 1996

    1993 was a terrible year for the local art world. First the galleries started closing--Joan Robey, Alpha, Hassel Haeseler and Payton-Rule. Then... More >>

  • Lumps of Clay

    published December 12, 1996

    Clay is a material that occupies a special--or should that be peculiar?--place in the world of the visual arts. It is most often employed in the... More >>

  • Museum Qualities

    published December 5, 1996

    In the last few years, two groups have emerged in Denver, each intent on establishing a museum of contemporary art as an alternative to the Denver... More >>

  • Roots

    published November 28, 1996

    Cherry Creek has been in the news lately--and not just because of that dreadful "We have a whole district" advertising campaign. Even more... More >>

  • New Again

    published November 21, 1996

    Since the impressionists invented modernism nearly 150 years ago, relentless innovation has been the buzzword in contemporary painting. Newer has... More >>

  • Hidden Treasures

    published November 14, 1996

    Although Mary Mackey announced a couple of months ago that her namesake gallery on the city's west side would close at the end of the year, it now... More >>

  • Mile-High Offense

    published November 7, 1996

    Ignorance is bliss, but in Denver's art world, it's much more than that. These days it's seen as being the best indicator of personal... More >>

  • Way Out East

    published October 31, 1996

    In the last thirty years, Japan has gone a long way toward establishing total world domination of the camera industry. At both the high and low... More >>

  • Call of the Wild

    published October 24, 1996

    Increasingly, it seems as though every coffee shop or restaurant in town also fancies itself a gallery. Drop a stone in Cherry Creek or in LoDo... More >>

  • Pikes Peak or Bust

    published October 17, 1996

    Pity Colorado Springs if you must. Today it's known primarily for its right-wing politics. But as recently as the early 1950s, the city was famous... More >>

  • In the Air

    published October 10, 1996

    For the denizens of the art world, it's not runs, hits and errors that are on our minds every October, but runs, drips and errors--in acrylics or... More >>

  • Once Upon a Time

    published October 3, 1996

    The paintings and sculptures in the current show at Denver's Artyard Gallery were completed in the last five years, but they still provide a look... More >>

  • On and Off Broadway

    published September 26, 1996

    Fall has arrived, and with it the most desirable slots in the exhibition schedules of the city's art galleries. This time of year, excellent solo... More >>

  • Less Is More

    published September 19, 1996

    Maybe it's the way the mountains emphatically hit the sky, or perhaps it's those seemingly infinite flat prairies. Whatever the reason, many... More >>

  • Formal Wares

    published September 12, 1996

    The five artists featured in the current exhibit at Auraria's Emmanuel Gallery, Elemental, don't constitute a school. Neither are they working in... More >>

  • Looking Back

    published September 5, 1996

    It's hard to imagine, but at one time regional growth meant something more than the grand opening of another shopping center or the umpteenth... More >>

  • Moving Pictures

    published August 29, 1996

    Because it was made by an artist and is meant to portray America's recent art history, the film Basquiat, which opened a couple of weeks ago at... More >>

  • Cool It

    published August 22, 1996

    Being home on the Front Range in August brings new meaning to the old cowboy song about the skies not being cloudy all day. After all, it's the... More >>

  • Reproduction Rites

    published August 15, 1996

    Colorado's printmaking tradition is so rich, its influence spreads far beyond state lines. In the first decades of the twentieth century, George... More >>

  • Death of a Salesroom

    published August 8, 1996

    Watching over the nearly completed destruction of I.M. Pei's Zeckendorf Plaza is reminiscent of those "thinnest books in the world" sold in... More >>

  • Miller Time

    published August 1, 1996

    Putting together a credible exhibit takes three things: space, money and an organizing concept. But in the art world, it's often those curators or... More >>

  • Fully Installed

    published July 25, 1996

    The distinction between sculpture and installation is a blurry one--and that makes sense, given that the two mediums are both essentially... More >>

  • Summer Vocations

    published July 18, 1996

    Summer is typically the time for the art world to put up its collective feet and relax. But that hasn't been the case this year, when June and... More >>

  • Changing Scenes

    published July 11, 1996

    The reputations of Pirate and Spark have been rehabilitated in recent years owing to the hard work of their members. Both of these co-op galleries... More >>

  • Through the Years

    published July 4, 1996

    For the past six months, the Mackey Gallery has presented one large and raucous group show after another--out of character for a place that made... More >>

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