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I won't deny that there are problems with VAVRA Triptych, mostly that it doesn't make sense. This lack of clarity is exacerbated because the show is displayed in and among the Kirkland's permanent collection. Nonetheless, I recommend the show wholeheartedly since it includes so many wonderful things by the members of the Vavra family.

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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.
Contact: Michael Paglia