Arts and Culture

Twelve Denver Arts Flashbacks From 2014

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Stephen Batura: Stream, May 23-June 28.

When painter Stephen Batura, who works from the historical photographs of Charles Lillybridge to frame images of the distant past in contemporary trappings, was given the opportunity by Ironton Gallery to take his oeuvre to the limit, he responded with a continual seventeen-panel pastiche that snaked around the gallery walls like a mural gone wild. "It reinforces the idea that experimentation is a great thing to do at venues where you're not aiming at sales," Batura told us in May. "It takes away the pressures of commerce." There's nothing like giving an epic painter a breather.

duaf revise 2.0 from Fa'al Ali on Vimeo.

30 Mural Projects, 2014 Urban Arts Fund, Summer 2014

This past summer, it seemed as though beautiful, cosmopolitan, street-smart murals were blossoming everywhere as teams of artists began painting walls throughout the city and along the Cherry Creek and Platte River greenways, thanks to funding from the city's Urban Arts Fund graffiti-prevention program. Individual collaborators included everyone from student artists from VSA Arts to international artists like Brazil's Bruno Novelli and Claudio Ethos, with a wide swath of local writers, fine artists and muralists carrying the most weight citywide, transforming walls in Denver into the kind of graphically sophisticated, community-minded concrete-and-brick canvases we're used to seeing in cities around the world.

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