Art

Eight Things for Art Lovers to See and Do This Weekend in Denver

Enrique Martínez Celaya, “The Relic and the Pure,”  oil and wax on canvas.
Enrique Martínez Celaya, “The Relic and the Pure,”  oil and wax on canvas. Image courtesy the artist and Robischon Gallery
Check out some co-ops, make something amazing with paper, snag a hip new tee or follow the thematic trail of an internationally known artist’s career; these are just a few of the things going on in galleries this week, in Denver and beyond. Let us make it simple for you, with these eight art picks:

click to enlarge Enrique Martínez Celaya, "The Wager (or The Dreamer)," oil and wax on canvas. - IMAGE COURTESY THE ARTIST AND ROBISCHON GALLERY
Enrique Martínez Celaya, "The Wager (or The Dreamer)," oil and wax on canvas.
Image courtesy the artist and Robischon Gallery
Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Boy: Witness and Marker
Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street
January 17 through March 9
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Thursday, January 17, 6 to 8 p.m.

In a rare turn, Robischon Gallery turns over the space to a single artist: Cuban-born Enrique Martínez Celaya, whose new self-curated exhibition, The Boy: Witness and Marker 2003-2018, is the first to focus exclusively on his recurring theme of a boy caught in the mystery of his rite of passage, rendered in a variety of media. The Boy opens with a reception and a live conversation between Celaya and independent curator, art critic and journalist Lilly Wei, beginning at 7 p.m.

click to enlarge Chinn Wang, “S.A.D. Series,” 2018. - CHINN WANG
Chinn Wang, “S.A.D. Series,” 2018.
Chinn Wang
Fieldworks Lecture Series
Vicki Myhren Gallery, 2121 East Asbury Avenue
Thursdays, January 17 through 31, 4 p.m.
Fieldworks runs through February 17

How do works of art get made? Fieldworks, which opened a week ago, showcases six interdisciplinary University of Denver faculty members in the act of creation, using exploratory works and process materials employed along the way. The lecture series is a key element of the exhibition, pairing two participating artists or teams in conversation each week, as well as an opportunity to explore the show.

click to enlarge Matthew Pevear, “Yard Rock” (detail), 2015, inkjet print. - MATTHEW PEVEAR
Matthew Pevear, “Yard Rock” (detail), 2015, inkjet print.
Matthew Pevear
Matthew Pevear: Mastering the Art of French Cooking
BMoCA @ Macky, Macky Auditorium,1595 Pleasant Street, Boulder
January 17 through May 5
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s off-site Macky Auditorium gallery gets a head start on the 2019 Month of Photography slate of Front Range exhibitions that will reach full bloom in March with this solo by Denver photographer Matthew Pevear, who documented random imagery he observed over a period of two years as an artist-pedestrian.


click to enlarge David D’Agostino, “Cone Crack.” - DAVID D’AGOSTINO
David D’Agostino, “Cone Crack.”
David D’Agostino
Erratic: New Paintings by David D’Agostino
Lane Meyer Projects, 2528 Walnut Street
January 18 through February 11
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 6 to 11 p.m.

Albuquerque-based artist David D’Agostino brings his heavily impastoed, unsentimental views of the New Mexican landscape up north. In D’Agostino’s visual world, there’s no sidling up to the spirit of a rock.

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