Monkey Town 4, February 27-June 1
We came, we saw, we ate -- and we were blown away: Hometown boy Montgomery Knott returned from a long sojourn in Brooklyn, bringing with him a concept that tickled the senses: Monkey Town 4 combined cutting-edge video art and fine dining and plunked it all down inside a cube lined with tables for an evening the likes of which Denverites had never seen before. It was a little pricey for some, but no one left the cube without an appreciation for the offbeat experience it offered.
Clyfford Still Museum director Dean Sobel must have felt like he'd stuck his hand deep into the cookie jar while curating Modern Masters, a visual primer of modern-art history featuring many iconic works from the well-stocked Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. "People here have not had direct contact with works by the greats of the period -- Miró, Picasso, Warhol," is how Sobel explained the giddy, pleasing shock of seeing some of these paintings and sculptures in person in Denver. "This exhibition, in my view, is as good as it gets. It tells the story of modern art as well as any museum in the nation." Many viewers experienced the same kind of jaw-drop during the show's run.Continue reading for more 2014 arts flashbacks.