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Jessica Stockholder and John McEnroe. Jessica Stockholder is an internationally known artist who creates what have been described as three-dimensional paintings. She is widely known for her over-the top installations, so it's unusual to find Stockholders that are small enough for people to actually buy. This exhibit is dominated by monotypes that are more like bas-relief sculptures. The selection of monotypes is accented by a pair of sculptures that are like her installations in miniature. The McEnroe exhibit demonstrates that if Stockholder is a world-class proponent of postmodern funk, then he is, too. From the time he arrived on the local scene, in the 1990s, McEnroe's been exhibiting his conceptual works, and more recently has gotten several high-profile public commissions. Here he's made a series of suspended sculptures that are closely related to his "Bathers" series. The floor sculptures are very different, substituting the anthropomorphism of the suspension pieces with ad hoc constructivism. Through January 9 at Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, 303-298-7788, Reviewed December 24.

Jim Milmoe: Choice. Jim Milmoe is a legend in the local photo scene, with a career that's more than six decades long (he's lived Colorado since the 1940s, when he graduated from Colorado College). The photos displayed in this show at the Byers-Evans House briefly survey his considerable output. Some date back over half a century, while others were just done during the last few months. Over that considerable period, Milmoe has done a wide range of things, and in Choice, he highlights some of the ongoing series he's worked on and continues to explore. The photos reflect many of the technical changes that have affected photography over the years; for instance, some were made with film while others are digital. He's also worked in both color and black-and-white imagery. But if there's one thing that does link nearly all the disparate approaches he's taken, it's Milmoe's abiding interest in doing straight-on shots. Through January 31 at the Byers-Evans House Gallery, 1310 Bannock Street, 303-620-4933,

Robert Mangold. The dean of Denver's modern sculptors is the subject of a solo for the first time in more than four years. Simply titled Robert Mangold, it is made up of fairly recent work and contains examples of many well-known series, including his famous "Anemotive Kinetics," which are wind-driven spheres made up of colorful metal scoops mounted on rods, and his "PTTSAAES," sculptures, which do not move but are meant to suggest movement. These linear compositions purportedly record the hypothetical and seemingly random movements of an object as suggested by the acronym that stands for "Point Traveling Through Space at an Erratic Speed." A special feature of this exhibit is the fact that it almost didn't happen, since the seventy-something Mangold had a brush with death last year. It's an absolute must-see. Through January 30 at Artyard Contemporary Sculpture, 1251 South Pearl Street, 303-777-3219, Reviewed December 3.

Spittin' Image. Singer Gallery director Simon Zalkind can always be relied on to put together good-looking and intelligent shows, and that's exactly what he's done with Spittin' Image: Ten Artists Consider Their Children. Noting that depictions of children date back to antiquity, Zalkind decided to explore the expression of this tradition among a select group of contemporary artists active in our area. Most depicted their children directly, either in paintings or in photographs and photo-based works. Johnson took a very different approach, however, reproducing her daughter's drawings in decals that were then applied to found ceramic plates. Each of the artists also authored a statement about their children's effect on their work, and these have been turned into text panels. Through January 17 at the Singer Gallery, Mizel Arts & Culture Center, 350 South Dahlia Street, 303-316-6360,

Streams of Modernism. A smart-looking survey of modern design put together by guest curators Katherine and Michael McCoy, this show features some of the many important pieces of furniture that are part of the Kirkland's impressive permanent collection. The McCoys' narrative is that designers influence one another, and they've taken a doctrinaire approach to the topic, creating a direct line that connects early-twentieth-century vanguard works to pieces done in the late twentieth century. The survey begins with works by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh before moving on to Bauhaus masters; it continues with objects by the Cranbrook fellows and concludes with objects by Italian designers of the '50s through the '70s. The show is striking, not only because of the pieces included, but also as a result of the installation that incorporates graphics based on portraits of the designers in the show. Through January 24 at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, 1311 Pearl Street, 303-832-8576, Reviewed November 12.

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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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