Gallery Sketches: Five Shows in Denver for January 16-18

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From pop art to cutting-edge art to public art and beyond, there's a little bit of everything to see this weekend, as gallery spaces kick off the new year with looks back...and looks forward. Keep reading for a look at some of the new shows opening this weekend, and one that's extended its stay.

See also: Lyle West and Peter Yumi, Ironton Gallery

Christian Rex van Minnen, Golden Memes Jerry Kunkel, Descriptors Jean Lowe, A More Beautiful You Robischon Gallery Through March 7

This trio of concurrent, pop-inspired solo shows takes on the beautiful and the absurd -- with a streak of humor that runs through all the work presented. This particular installment is a field day for fans of pop surrealist Christian Rex van Minnen, whose bizarre comic-grotesque mashups of northern Renaissance style are in high demand.

Just Playing: Resident Artist Exhibition January 16 through March 1

Murmur January 16 through February 1

RedLine Gallery Opening reception: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 16

RedLine is paying tribute to its current crop of resident artists, who are the heartbeat of the whole operation. Two shows, one a formal group exhibition and the other an interactive multimedia collaboration by Justin Beard, Katie Caron and Bryan Leister, will give viewers a peek at what's happening on the front lines of the local art world.

Continue reading for more Gallery Sketches.

Culture Catalyst: Celebrating 20 Years of Art at Denver International Airport McNichols Building January 16 through March 8 Opening reception: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 16

There's more to Denver International Airport's public art collection than the iconic Blucifer -- official name "Mustang," that rearing, red-eyed demon of the prairie that we all seem to love to hate. Culture Catalyst examines the history of DIA's morphing public artworks with a look back at some of the airport's original commissions, a video display of art planned for the new Hotel and Transit Center, and six new temporary commissions from Darrell Anderson, David Fodel, Hollis + Lana, Joel Swanson and Chinn Wang. For more information about public art at DIA, visit the website.

2015 Collector's Preview: Group Show Mai Wyn Fine Art January 16 through February 28 Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 16

Mai Wyn Fine Art starts off the year with a peek at what's to come at the gallery in 2015, which a display of work by eight artists, including Mai Wyn Schantz herself. Among shows coming up this year at Mai Wyn: solos by Gregory Euclide, Sharon Bond Brown, Bryan Andrews and others.

Want more? See the Westword art event listings to learn more about current gallery and art museum exhibitions and openings in the metro area.

Plein Air 365x5 Ted Garcia Fine Art Gallery, Aspen Grove, Littleton Through January 31 303-794-0640 Happy hour reception 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 16

Plein air artist Ted Garcia braved the elements and sometimes the flu to paint outdoors every single day for five years. See his journey through seasons and time daily at his pop-up gallery in Aspen Grove; the show, which opened in November, has been extended through the end of the month at this pop-up gallery.

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