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Physics, especially the study of movement, is always the focus of Robert Mangold's abstract and kinetic sculptures. The nationally renowned sculptor's career stretches over five decades, and for most of that time, he's been working right here in Denver. That makes the over-the-top exhibit Time, Space and Motion: Robert Mangold Retrospective, at the Arvada Center, a major art event that's not to be missed.

"The exhibition honors one of Colorado's most important sculptors, and it shows his lasting impact on artists in the region." notes Collin Parson, the center's exhibition designer and curator of this retrospective. Parson has gathered material from both museums and many private collections, and in the process, he located some pieces that haven't been seen in public in a generation or two. "It's been such a fulfilling experience presenting his first career retrospective and getting to see his artistic achievement over a fifty-year span," Parson adds.

Which is exactly what the rest of us can do -- take in a half-century's worth of Mangolds -- at the show's opening reception, set for 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard. The exhibit runs through April 1; for more information, call 720-898-7200 or go to
Jan. 12-April 1, 2012


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