Phil Bender

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Westword: Summing up, what's been Pirate's secret for success?
Bender: We've gotten a lot of attention because the alternative scene is the most interesting and important thing going on. The most deserving, the most noble. We're doing it for the love factor, and not for commerce. That's why it's true to a certain degree that Pirate has been a feeding ground, a launching pad for art in Denver.

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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

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