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Best Deletion From the Denver Skyline

The new Colorado Convention Center will thoroughly cover the hideous old Colorado Convention Center -- a huge, scale-less, circa 1990 shoebox that was arguably the ugliest building ever to have been erected in downtown Denver. Fentress Bradburn Architects designed that done-on-the-cheap structure, and the same crew was tapped to create...
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Best Deletion From the Denver Skyline

The new Colorado Convention Center will thoroughly cover the hideous old Colorado Convention Center -- a huge, scale-less, circa 1990 shoebox that was arguably the ugliest building ever to have been erected in downtown Denver. Fentress Bradburn Architects designed that done-on-the-cheap structure, and the same crew was tapped to create...
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Ten Most Controversial Pieces of Public Art in Denver

6 months ago by Teague Bohlen
The recent uproar over the KKK Cop Painting created by a tenth-grader and displayed in the Wellington Webb Municipal Office Building got us thinking about this city's colorful past with public art — and by “colorful,” we mean “sometimes fucked up.” Art, of course, is in the eye of the beholder...
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Blockheads

14 years ago by Stuart Steers
The Baker neighborhood is one of the most diverse in the city, sprawling from West Sixth Avenue to Mississippi and from Broadway to the South Platte River. It encompasses hundreds of nineteenth-century houses, a thriving retail strip along Broadway and large industrial tracts along the river. When a group of...
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Hate to say I told you so: Calatrava's DIA project wrecked by red tape

5 years ago by Michael Paglia
Was it just the summer before last that Santiago Calatrava brought his genius for form to Denver International Airport with design proposals for a dramatic bridge, a theatrical train station and a sculptural hotel, all in his signature white-on-white style? Yes, it was ("Taking Off," August 5, 2010). I've met...
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Calatrava's bridge at DIA is the latest art plan that never took off

5 years ago by Michael Paglia
Last August, Denver International Airport unveiled its ambitious plans for a hotel, an RTD commuter rail station and an RTD bridge (pictured) over Peña Boulevard. All had been envisioned as a coherent, interconnected and singular group of structures by architectural superstar Santiago Calatrava (whom I wrote about on August 5,...
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Slap Shots

16 years ago by Michael Paglia
In the capacious lower-level galleries at the Arvada Center, curator and exhibition director Kathy Andrews has installed a pair of large photo displays: Fresh Eyes: Colorado Photographers¹ Views, which looks at recent experimental photography by some of the state's most interesting artists, and Signs and Relics, a solo show that's...
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What's So Funny

12 years ago by Adam Cayton-Holland
Like the climactic scene in a teen movie where the homely girl's glasses are removed, her hair primped and her lips liberally beglossed, the new, improved Colorado Convention Center will reveal itself on Thursday, in all her geometric glory. "Celebrate Denver!," the free open house celebrating the massive expansion --...
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Taking off: Santiago Calatrava has spectacular designs on DIA

6 years ago by Michael Paglia
Denver made international architecture news last week when Spanish-born Santiago Calatrava came to town to unveil his designs for the expansion of Denver International Airport. An engineer and an architect, Calatrava gained fame — and respect — with his designs of bridges, transportation stations and buildings. There was so much...
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Un-Conventional

17 years ago by Michael Paglia
Voters will have a chance to decide on two proposals during Tuesday's election that should be of great interest to the art world. The first is a no-brainer. Who would begrudge the Denver Art Museum a lousy $62.5 million -- about the price of one good Van Gogh -- to...

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