The purchase would begin a decade-long pursuit for verification and information on these suspected great works. Tomorrow evening, mid-century-modern furniture store Mod Livin' presents "Lost Works From Behind the Iron Curtain," a conversation with Ron Pollard about this great collection and his ongoing art-fact journey.
"I'll get a little more in-depth about the story of the paintings in terms of my brother and I and the whole event and how it played out over the years," says Pollard of the evening's discussion. Whether or not the pieces are authentic isn't so much of a concern for Pollard; he says that as an art collector and an artist himself, he was just attracted to the work. "The paintings were amazing."
In 2010, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art exhibited the collection, even though the work had not been proven to be original to the Russian Revolution-era timeframe. MCA Director Adam Lerner released From Russia With Doubt, a book about his own experience of taking a chance on exhibiting unverified works of art.
"The book was based on an interview Adam did with us that was an hour long, probably four or five years ago -- so there's been a lot going on since then," says Pollard. New things have been learned and there have been several weird turns of events.
Pollard shares that while the paintings are currently in storage, he will most likely bring one to the event for curious folks to see. Also, Mod Livin' will be displaying concrete relief versions of one of the works that will be available for purchase.
"Lost Works from Behind the Iron Curtain," with Ron Pollard goes down this Thursday, June 26, with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. and discussion beginning at 7 p.m. at Mod Livin'. RSVP is not required but appreciated and can be done by calling 720-941-9292 or sending an e-mail to [email protected] For more information, visit the store's website.