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1996 Stories by Michael Paglia

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  • Birth of a Notion

    published June 20, 1996

    When people think today of the Victorian era--if they think of it at all--they imagine a Dickensian world populated with polite yet insufferable... More >>

  • Freedom of Expressionism

    published June 13, 1996

    In its relatively short history, the Center for the Visual Arts, Metropolitan State College's gallery in LoDo, has celebrated the diversity of the... More >>

  • Go Figure

    published June 6, 1996

    In spite of a century of modern art jam-packed with things like abstraction, minimalism and conceptualism, the venerable tradition of depicting... More >>

  • Mind Bender

    published May 30, 1996

    He's midway through his solo exhibit at the Close Range Gallery of the Denver Art Museum, but Phil Bender still acts embarrassed about all the... More >>

  • Sweeney...Why We Miss Him

    published May 23, 1996

    The construction of Denver International Airport has meant many things to many people. For most of us, DIA has meant an extra hour or two of... More >>

  • Little Rickeys

    published May 16, 1996

    It was in mid-March that Paul Hughes, director of the venerable, twenty-something Inkfish Gallery, announced that he would mount an in-depth... More >>

  • Heavy Metal

    published May 9, 1996

    Denver's really starting to look and act like a big city. The traffic in town is getting worse by the day. There's no place to park either... More >>

  • Garden Pests

    published May 2, 1996

    Unlike in many American cities, just about every tree, shrub, plant and vine in Denver has been planted and cared for by someone. As early as the... More >>

  • Spaces Loaded

    published April 25, 1996

    Spring is here, and that can mean only one thing in the art world--you can't find a parking space on gallery row in LoDo. When the Rockies... More >>

  • Western Expansion

    published April 11, 1996

    It's an unexpected stroke of luck to find three of the most important cultural institutions in the mountain West conveniently lined up in a row... More >>

  • Shooting Star

    published April 4, 1996

    The comet Hyakutake has just passed close enough--9 million miles or so--to be seen from the earth without the aid of a telescope. Just over a... More >>

  • All Fired Up

    published March 28, 1996

    Only a handful of Colorado artists are genuinely famous--unless, of course, we're talking about artists who work in ceramics. In that field,... More >>

  • Open and Closed

    published March 21, 1996

    It's tempting to compare Denver's vibrant alternative art scene to a circus. But that wouldn't be fair to circuses, which have only three rings,... More >>

  • Cowboys, Indians and Atomic Bombs

    published March 14, 1996

    There is no region in the United States more firmly implanted in the popular imagination of the world than the American West. The images are... More >>

  • New and Improved

    published March 7, 1996

    Greg Esser wears so many hats in the local art world that he's reminiscent of Peter Sellers in one of those madcap Sixties comedies in which the... More >>

  • Earthly Delights

    published February 29, 1996

    It may be tempting for viewers to lump all abstract paintings that feature drips, runs, scratches and splashes into the abstract-expressionist... More >>

  • Down New Mexico Way

    published February 22, 1996

    Given Colorado's relatively small population and isolation from the centers of American culture, the high level of art the state has supported... More >>


    published February 14, 1996

    So recently has the Boulder Art Center been renamed the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art--it was only last spring--that the new metro phone... More >>


    published February 7, 1996

    Our local cultural institutions do a mostly inadequate (and sometimes dreadful) job of nurturing the art of our region. It's not as though there... More >>


    published January 31, 1996

    Nothing in history has saturated the world like American pop culture. For the past fifty years, American movies, television, graphics, and... More >>


    published January 24, 1996

    A common perception within Denver's alternative scene is that everyone has an equal right to participate--and that that's what "open" or... More >>


    published January 17, 1996

    The dead of winter is the last time one would expect to find an art show with most of the work exhibited outdoors. Surely only a lunatic--or, at... More >>


    published January 10, 1996

    You'll want to run through Shake, Rattle and Roll, the Colorado History Museum's--excuse the expression--"exhibit" on the 1950s. And then you'll... More >>


    published January 3, 1996

    The public made unprecedented expenditures on public art and public buildings last year in Denver. But you wouldn't know it to look around. ... More >>

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