The Black Forest fire, which started June 11 northeast of Colorado Springs, has been deemed the costliest in state history. "Surely, the loss of every house represents a tragedy for the people who lived there," writesWestword
art critic Michael Paglia inthis week's Artbeat column
. "But in one case, the loss of a particular house -- the Wynne home and studio -- is more than that: It's the greatest disaster in the history of Colorado art.
That's because inside was nearly the entire life's work of Lou Wynne, an accomplished ceramics artist, and her late husband, Al Wynne, who was among the state's premier abstract painters. The family plans to sort through the rubble, hoping to salvage some of the ceramics, though hundred of Al's paintings and watercolors were completely lost.
See photos of some of his work on the next two pages.
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See also: - The Black Forest fire destroyed the life's work of these Colorado artists - Colorado Abstract Expressionism and Al Wynne: A to Z show off expressionist gems - A Wynne Wynne for Denver's Kirkland Museum