Generation Gap

John Madden is a big-time office developer, and one of his best-known buildings is the Palazzo Verdi, a glam-Italianate tower near the Denver Tech Center that was designed by Curt Fentress. But Madden and his wife, Marjorie, are serious art collectors, too. And among the many amenities of the glitzy Palazzo is the Madden Museum of Art, which showcases both the couple’s personal collection and pieces loaned by others.

The latest show at the Madden is Thomas Hart Benton and Anthony Benton Gude, which pairs works by the late Benton, the metaphorical father of 1930s regionalism, with those of his grandson, Gude, who works in a related style.

“This is the first time I’ve shown my work in an exhibition alongside my grandfather’s,” says Gude. “The show is actually a dream come true for me, and thanks to John Madden and art consultant Abbi Levine, it all just came together.”

The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Madden in the Palazzo, 6363 South Fiddler’s Green Circle in Greenwood Village; admission is free. The show is on view through December 30. For more information, go to or call 303-763-1970.
Sept. 9-Dec. 30, 2010

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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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