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From "Mustang" to the blue bear, Beyond Blue celebrates 25 years of public art in Denver

3 years ago by Scott Lentz
Denver is celebrating 25 years of the city's public art program with Beyond Blue, an exhibition running through December 22 in the lobbies of the Buell Theatre and the McNichols Civic Center Building, where it held an opening reception on October 17. Many of the 46 artists who created the...
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Best solo painting show -- established artist

Surely the tumbledown storefront that houses the main branch of the ILK co-op on the increasingly gentrified Santa Fe Drive gives no indication that inside, as often as not, are some of the best art shows in town. That was definitely the case early this spring when the south gallery...
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Best solo painting show -- established artist

Steven Altman, Untitled

Surely the tumbledown storefront that houses the main branch of the ILK co-op on the increasingly gentrified Santa Fe Drive gives no indication that inside, as often as not, are some of the best art shows in town. That was definitely the case early this spring when the south gallery...
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A Fresh Look

15 years ago by Michael Paglia
Installed in the front space at Fresh Art (208 South Broadway, 720-570-2255) is Boys Dreams, featuring a series of new paintings by Denver artist Steven Altman. And, to put it mildly, they are completely unexpected, perhaps even shocking, because instead of the kind of automatist abstractions he's been exhibiting since...
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Best salute to Colorado's contemporary art scene

Kathy Andrews, head curator at the Arvada Center, mounted a huge, history-making exhibit last fall. It was truly a who's who of Colorado art, occupying the entire set of galleries on both floors. On the lower lever, Andrews placed abstract painting and sculpture by the pivotal '70s generation; on the...
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End Runs

13 years ago by Michael Paglia
The season began only a scant six weeks ago, but already many of the first shows have closed -- or soon will. It's been a crowded calendar, with more than a hundred exhibits being presented simultaneously, a couple dozen of which are definitely worth seeing -- pretty good odds when...
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(New) Disasters of War

10 years ago by Michael Paglia
A specialty of the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture is presenting multi-disciplinary projects that combine art shows, films, lectures and panel discussions. The Mizel's current creative and intellectual enterprise focuses on war -- quite timely in the context of what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. The art exhibition,...
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Best salute to Colorado's contemporary art scene

Colorado Abstraction: 1975-1999 Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Kathy Andrews, head curator at the Arvada Center, mounted a huge, history-making exhibit last fall. It was truly a who's who of Colorado art, occupying the entire set of galleries on both floors. On the lower lever, Andrews placed abstract painting and sculpture by the pivotal '70s generation; on the...
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Alternating Currents

11 years ago by Michael Paglia
Denver artist Julie Puma is on the cusp between being an emerging artist and an established one. With her installation Letters to Stanley in the Balcony Gallery at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, she moves one step closer to the latter. The show has been very well received...
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Artistic Democracy

18 years ago by Michael Paglia
Denver's collection of art cooperatives--notably, Spark, Pirate, Edge, Core and ILK--are a boon to contemporary art here. Most major cities don't have anything close. The co-ops' great cultural value is that they provide opportunities for emerging artists and established talents alike to display their latest work free of commercial constraints;...

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