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  • The Fortunes of War

    published December 25, 1997

    If things had gone slightly differently on the night of December 22, 1989, the Denver Art Museum's current show Old Masters Brought to Light:... More >>

  • Through the Past, Deftly

    published December 18, 1997

    The Colorado History Museum's new exhibit on the 1960s and '70s is filled with contradictions. It's elegant in places, crude elsewhere; there are... More >>

  • Changing Scenes

    published December 11, 1997

    LoDo's been a work in progress for a long time. Torn-up streets and sidewalks have been a neighborhood standard for the past decade--as have those... More >>

  • View Finders

    published December 4, 1997

    It's been a hectic few weeks for Carol Keller, director of the Emmanuel Gallery on the Auraria campus. When she hasn't been scrambling to protect... More >>

  • High Hopes

    published November 27, 1997

    Just in time for the holidays, the Denver Art Museum has raised the curtain on its seven-year, $7.5 million facelift. Judging by the crowds--more... More >>

  • In a Pig's Eye

    published November 20, 1997

    Just what is well-known Denver artist Roland Bernier implying when he calls his current show at the Mackey Gallery Casting Pearls? Is the... More >>

  • U.S. Steel

    published November 6, 1997

    Each of the artists in the Arvada Center's current show Steel: Nature and Space gets plenty of room to stretch out. And that's a good thing, since... More >>

  • The Great Escape

    published October 30, 1997

    It's no exaggeration to say that American culture got its greatest boost ever from the rise of the Nazis in Europe in the 1930s and '40s. Hitler's... More >>

  • And They're Off

    published October 23, 1997

    The spectacular show The Collectors Vision marks the first exhibit presented under the auspices of Denver's new Museum of Contemporary Art. And... More >>

  • Abstracts in Autumn

    published October 16, 1997

    Those cold fronts that have recently swept down from Wyoming can mean only one thing--the start of the fall art season. And the forecast for this... More >>

  • Paint by Numbers

    published October 9, 1997

    Clark Richert comes by his scientific bent honestly. His two older brothers grew up to be physicists, and his younger sister is a physician.... More >>

  • Commercial Break

    published October 2, 1997

    R. Craig Miller, curator of the Architecture, Design and Graphics department at the Denver Art Museum, is out of step with the current trend in... More >>

  • Small World

    published September 25, 1997

    It's no surprise that the name Arthur Szyk is unfamiliar. And not just because of all those consonants. First, Szyk's chosen forms of... More >>

  • Not the Funnies

    published September 18, 1997

    Comics and the fine arts have overlapped "back as far as Hogarth," muses Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art director Cydney Payton. "Maybe even... More >>

  • Painting the Town Red

    published September 11, 1997

    "It was a hell of a decision to make," says director Paul Hughes. "This is my life. The gallery is my identity." But even so, Hughes is closing... More >>

  • Fall Colors

    published September 4, 1997

    Painting is a very old-fashioned method of making art. After all, it's been around for at least 15,000 years (as proven by cave paintings).... More >>

  • New From New Mexico

    published August 28, 1997

    New Mexico's centuries-long traditions in the fine arts cast a deep shadow over Colorado art, both for better and for worse. It's not that we... More >>

  • Fresh Heirs

    published August 14, 1997

    The world of contemporary art has seen some bad days in the 1990s. It all started when an economic slump brought the art boom of the 1980s... More >>

  • Gallery Talk

    published August 7, 1997

    When we tuned in last fall, there were two groups vying to open a new museum in Denver dedicated to contemporary art. One group included such... More >>

  • Summer Vocations

    published July 31, 1997

    For many years, the exhibition calendar in the art world featured a preordained hierarchy of shows. In the fall, galleries, museums and other... More >>

  • Taken for Granite

    published July 24, 1997

    This has not been a great year for sculpture in Denver. First, the Solar Fountain by Larry Bell and Eric Orr that had graced the never-landscaped... More >>

  • Hit Parade

    published July 10, 1997

    For some reason, all of the important small public art venues in the metro area are located on the northwest side. In Boulder, there's the Boulder... More >>

  • Curtains

    published July 3, 1997

    Since last year, New York-based conceptual guru Christo and his sidekick Jeanne-Claude have virtually taken up residence on the Front Range. First... More >>

  • Six for Eight

    published June 19, 1997

    This weekend Denver will be paralyzed by the Summit of the Eight, this year's version of the Group of Seven conferences that have been held for... More >>

  • Above the Fray

    published June 12, 1997

    The current revival of 1920s and '30s academic surrealism has grown into an international school of contemporary painting, and it has local legs... More >>

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