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Best Gallery for Western Art — Contemporary Division

William Havu Gallery

The century-plus tradition of depicting the Western landscape still thrives in contemporary painting, but the renderings are done in an array of up-to-the-minute styles, with the scenery translated into formalist reductions, expressionist riots or hyperrealist recordings.
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100 Colorado Creatives 4.0: William Havu

10 months ago by Susan Froyd
William Havu Gallery, which opened twenty years ago on Cherokee Street, is certainly one of the best commercial galleries in Denver.
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Best Fresh Take on the Western Tradition — Group

Western not Western

For Western not Western, Bill Havu and his assistant, Nick Ryan, surveyed the many artists in the gallery's stable to find pieces that use Western-art vocabularies but aren't traditionally Western in style. They included straightforward realists like Jeff Aeling, James Cook and Rick Dula, as well as Tracy Felix, Sushe...
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Remembering three Colorado contemporary artists

10 years ago by Michael Paglia
Based on my experience — and my files — I figure there are 300 serious contemporary artists in Colorado. I make note of this because three of them died in November, which strikes me as a pretty high number. On November 8, Elaine Calzolari succumbed to cancer (Artbeat, November 19);...
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Western Not Western upends expectations at Havu Gallery

6 years ago by Michael Paglia
For nearly a century, Western art was dismissed in favor of international modernism. But then a funny thing happened: In the late twentieth century, the market for Western-themed paintings and sculptures soared, forcing institutions like the Denver Art Museum to scramble to catch up as prices skyrocketed. (This is why...
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Review: Arvada Center's Looking Back Is a Real Reason to Celebrate

3 years ago by Michael Paglia
An inordinately large proportion of Colorado’s art-exhibition venues — including alternative spaces, galleries, museums and art centers — are located within the relatively confined area of central Denver. We’re talking about approximately 80 percent of the art infrastructure in the entire state. And while a number of surrounding suburbs and...
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Ten Views

12 years ago by Michael Paglia
Even if you didn't get a chance to visit the mountains this summer, the area's galleries and art centers provided plenty of closer-to-home opportunities to take in our world-famous scenery as interpreted by artists. There was Colorado & the West, at David Cook Fine Art; Masterpieces of Colorado Landscape, at...
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Now Showing

6 years ago by Michael Paglia
Lines and Grids. This show, organized by Marks Aardsma, who serves not only as curator, but as participating artist as well, is the fourth in a series of exhibits she's put together called "Art of the Real." Aardsma is interested in the nature of painting and has invited eight others...
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Now Showing

7 years ago by Michael Paglia
Gary Emrich. Though paintings and sculptures are the stock-in-trade of its Modern and Contemporary department, the Denver Art Museum also puts the spotlight on new media, such as video, in its own dedicated space, called the Fuse Box. That's where Gary Emrich: Contact is midway through its run. Emrich, whose...
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7 years ago by Michael Paglia
Clyfford Still. For the opening of the Clyfford Still Museum, founding director Dean Sobel has installed a career survey of the great artist. Clyfford Still: Inaugural Exhibition starts with the artist's realist self-portrait and features his remarkable post-impressionist works from the 1920s. Next are Still's works from the '30s, with...

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