Arts and Culture

Twelve Denver Arts Flashbacks From 2014

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She Crossed the Line, January 10-December 28

Early in January, RedLine embarked on a quirky path through five exhibitions exploring the rise of women artists in the contemporary canon. The whole thing tipped off with a retrospective of work by members of Colorado's Front Range Women in the Visual Arts, a group that began forty years ago at the height of the feminist movement, and over the course of the year, explored women's work through the eyes and sensibilities of China's Chen Man, the multidiciplinarian Senga Nengudi, abstractionist Harmony Hammond, and finally, the iconic feminist artist Judy Chicago, who led the way for the others down a controversial road that sparked more than forty years ago. The Chicago show, a 75th-birthday retrospective and fete, ends Sunday.

Open Press 25th Anniversary Exhibit, Month of Printmaking, January 11-April 12

Mark Lunning's Open Press Ltd. has quietly been spreading the gospel of printmaking in Denver for 25 years, which is pretty remarkable in an environment where galleries and studios can come and go in the blink of an eye. During that quarter-century of overseeing pull after pull of etchings, intaglio, monotypes, woodcuts and silkscreens, Lunning has almost single-handedly kept the art and craft of fine-art printmaking alive in the local art community, as a mentor, artist and master printer. The centerpiece of Denver's Month of Printmaking, aka Mo'Print, last spring's massive Open Press exhibition at the McNichols Building served double-duty as a historical document: It was not only beautiful, but it also represented a who's who of artists working in Colorado over the last few decades.

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