Art of the State

Denver’s already unique Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, 1311 Pearl Street, took a step in an uncharted direction when its new temporary show, Driven to Abstraction: Colorado Art From 1880 to 2007, debuted earlier this month. Switching from his usual focus on modernistic art, curator Hugh Grant expanded his perime-ters to include earlier works in the show, which follows the evolution of Colorado art from early traditionalism through surrealism and referential abstraction to pure ab-straction.

True to form, Grant’s foray is a who’s who of Colorado artists, with highlights weighted toward the traditional but also including an array of 21st-century offerings (the newest being a recent painting by Clark Richert), as well as two Vance Kirkland surrealist works not seen by the public in several years. And, as the museum’s Holly Victor notes, the ma-jority of the exhibition consists of recent acquisitions.

Driven to Abstraction continues through May 4, 2008; for information, call 303-882-8576 or go to
May 8-June 29, 2008

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
Contact: Susan Froyd