Art Review

Five Game Changers From the Denver Art and Gallery Scene in 2014

The Great Recession has lifted in Denver as developers appear to be building something on every square inch of the city. And what with legalized pot, the town's hipness quotient is off the charts, attracting seemingly half the twenty- and thirty-somethings in the country who are dutifully moving into all those new buildings.

The art scene has also begun to recover from the doldrums, and a number of new venues have come on line. In addition, the Mile High building boom has included one new art structure and another on the way. So without further ado, here are my picks for the biggest game changers -- in descending order -- over from the art and gallery scene in 2014. They show that Denver has solidified its position as the regional center for modern and contemporary art in the West.

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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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