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But if Lunning isn't much good at history, he's terrific at attracting some of the region's best artists: The richly dense 60/10 is a veritable who's who of local talent. It is a skill that Lunning had since the beginning, when Chisman was his first client. Chisman is represented here by the monotype "Louie," from his 1996 "Jazz" series.

There are many other abstractionists here, including Steve Alarid, whose gorgeous untitled monotype from 1998 leads off the show. In this print, Alarid places a black circle in the center of a yellow, blue and red background. Nearby is another wonderful abstract, an untitled photo etching by Lynn Heitler. Heitler incorporates chine collé, in which bits of paper are permanently attached to the print. Other noteworthy abstractions include those by David Yust, Emilio Lobato, Myron Melnick, Homare Ikeda and Michael Duffy.

A real standout among the abstractions is Mark Friday's "Orion," a 1994 monotype. This print is related to Friday's sculptural wall pieces in that it suggests a physical, as opposed to an illusionary, presence.

In addition to the many abstractionists are a variety of artists working with recognizable images, such as nationally known landscape painter Joellyn Duesberry. Others, like Jesus Polanco and Matt O'Neill, combine abstraction and representation. In a different way, so does Amy Metier. And there are many, many more.

60/10 doesn't just mark the tenth birthday of Open Press. Rather, it is a wide-ranging look at a big chunk of Denver's current art scene.

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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.
Contact: Michael Paglia

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