Art Review

Contemporary Prints by Art Stars Take Over Michael Warren Contemporary

Select Prints From the Collection, at Michael Warren Contemporary, is part of the Mo’Print mania that’s raging in town this month. The show includes prints by big-name contemporary artists that were collected by the late William van Straaten, who was an art dealer for more than forty years.
Van Straaten's original gallery was in Chicago, but he relocated it to Denver a few years before he died, and it occupied the same address as Michael Warren does now. In 1998, he founded Riverhouse Editions in Steamboat Springs, which was succeeded by Oehme Graphics twenty years later.

Reflecting a taste for the best, van Stratten’s hoard is made up of first-rate prints by a who's who of contemporary artists from the period during which he collected (essentially the 1980s through the 2000s). The selections include prints by John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Carroll Dunham, Eric Fischl, Al Held, Alex Katz, Sol LeWitt, Elizabeth Murray, James Rosenquist, Kiki Smith and Fred Tomaselli.
Select Prints From the Collection hangs through April 23 at Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive. For more information, call 303-667-2447 or go to
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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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