Metaphors

Featuring: Meagen Svendsen, Ana Zanic, Peter Illig, Farida Hughes, Patricia Finley, Andrew Marcus

Walker Fine Art

April 28 - June 17, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 5-9pm
  • First Friday Receptions: May 5 & June 2, 5-8 pm
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Peter Illig - Love System
Illig's newest paintings incorporate neon signs

Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204
303.355.8955
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
http://www.walkerfineart.com

 

Alone + Together

Art Gym Gallery

April 27 – May 20, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27th from 5-8 pm; Free and open to the public
  • Mono Print Demo with Tony Ortega: Saturday May 6th from 2-4 pm
  • Musical Performance by Mamiko Ikeda and Harry Tulchin: Saturday, May 13th from 2-4 pm
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Art Gym Denver presents Alone + Together, an exhibition about what it's like to be an aritst whose partner is also an artist, and all the joys, struggles and complexities of collaborating in life and art. The exhbition features three Denver artist couples showing both their own work and collaborative work created with their partner.

Exhibiting artists are Kristen Hatgi Sink + Mark Sink, Mamiko + Homare Ikeda and Sylvia Montero + Tony Ortega. The artwork ranges form painting to calligraphy, video installation, photography, printmaking, collage, pastel, mixed media and even musical performances.

Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220
Tue-Sun: 9am-6pm

http://artgymdenver.com

 

Read more: Art Gym: Alone + Together

Calder: Monumental

Denver Botanic Gardens

April 28 - September 24, 2017

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Sheet metal, bolts, and paint, 84" x 80" x 64"
© 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Denver Botanic Gardens’ exhibition of iconic American artist Alexander Calder’s bold sculptures – Calder: Monumental – is the first outdoor show of Calder’s work in the West and the first solo outdoor exhibition in the U.S. in more than a decade.

Calder devoted much of his later working years to monumental sculpture, many of which were public commissions. Gracing public plazas, landmark atriums and even airport halls, Calder’s works transformed the surrounding space, definitively changing the public’s experience of it. True to his practice, Calder’s monumental works are made of industrial materials and bolted steel plates, and the works exhibited in Calder: Monumental are no exception. In some cases, a mobile structure sways at the top of the sculpture to create a “standing mobile.” In addition to the outdoor sculptures, one indoor mobile in monumental scale is presented in the Boettcher Memorial Center, on loan from the Denver Art Museum. The featured abstract and figurative sculptures span from 1956–1976.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206
720.865.3500
http://botanicgardens.org

Read more: DBG: Calder: Monumental

New Work from Heidi Neubauer-Winterburn and Robert St. John with Deborah Howard in the North Gallery

Spark Gallery

April 27 - May 21, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 28, 6-9pm
  • Last Look: Sunday, May 21, 1-4pm
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Heidi Neubauer-Winterburn: Balancing Act, 2016

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Robert St. John: Little Dutch Girl, 2017

Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
720.889.2200
Thu-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
First Friday and Openings 6:00 to 9:00 PM
http://www.sparkgallery.com

 

Read more: Spark: Neubauer-Winterburn, St. John and Howard

Virginia T. Coleman: The Empathy of Color

Amanda Stringer: Delicate Destruction: An exploration in fragility and healing

NEXT Gallery

April 28 - May 14, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 28th from 5pm - Midnight
  • Next's Grand Opening at their new Colfax location!

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NEXT Gallery
6851 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80214
303.433.4933
Fri: 5-10pm; Sat/Sun 12-5pm
http://nextartgallerydenver.com

 

Read more: Next: Virginia T. Coleman and Amanda Stringer

Daniel W. Coburn: The Hereditary Estate

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

April 21 - June 3, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 6-9pm, with an Artist Talk and Book Signing from 7-8pm
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Image: Daniel W. Coburn, Resurrection, 2014

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is pleased to present The Hereditary Estate, a solo exhibition by Kansas-based artist Daniel W. Coburn. The exhibition is comprised of deeply intimate photographs that challenge the conventionality of the family photo album and its role in portraying a narrative of the American Dream. This exhibition has traveled internationally and has been featured in The International New York Times and Family Photography Now, a major anthology of contemporary photography published by Thames & Hudson. On view April 21 - June 3, 2017, with an opening reception on Friday, April 21, from 6 - 9pm. There will be an Artist Talk and Book Signing by Daniel W. Coburn during the opening reception from 7 - 8pm.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204
303.837.1341
http://www.cpacphoto.org

 

Lost and Found in Iceland: New work by Marietta Patricia Leis

Meeting Her Again: A showcase of new work by Sherry Wiggins

Michael Warren Contemporary

April 18 – May 27, 2017

  • Artist Reception w/ artists, Friday, April 21 (6-8pm)
  • Artist Talk, Saturday, April 22 (10:30am-noon)
  • First Friday Art Walk, May 5 (6-9pm)
  • Third Friday Art Reception, May 19 (6-8pm)
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Marietta Patricia Leis - “Significant Consequences”

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204
303.667.2447
http://www.michaelwarrencontemporary.com

 

Read more: MWC: Marietta Patricia Leis and Sherry Wiggins

Lanny DeVuono: Terraforming

Linda Connor: Gravity

Goodwin Fine Art

April 21 - June 3, 2017

  • Opening Reception for the Artists: Friday, April 21 from 5-8pm
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Lanny DeVuono, Terraforming no. 8, 2017, graphite, gesso, gouache, wax on panel, 10 x 10 in.

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Linda Connor, Ladakh, 2016, dye sublimation on aluminum, 30 x 24 in.
 
Goodwin Fine Art
1255 Delaware Street
Denver CO 80204
303.573.1255
Tue-Fri: 11-6; Sat: 11-5
http://www.goodwinfineart.com

 

Laura Phelps Rogers: A New Look at the American West

In the Associate Space: Maeve Leslie

Pirate: Contemporary Art

April 21 - May 6, 2017

  • Opening: Friday April 21st with a reception 6-9 pm
  • Closing Reception: First Friday May 5th 6-9 pm
  • "Pirate's leaving Navajo" closing party will coincide with the closing reception on First Friday May 5th
A New Look At The American West

Laura’s latest show is new look at a traditional theme. Through this exhibition Laura hopes to engage the viewers with thoughts about the changing western landscape and lifestyle through a contemporary and conceptual lens.

Pirate: Contemporary Art
3655 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
303.458.6058
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM
http://www.pirateartonline.org

 

Danyl Cook: Gods & Damsels

Valkarie Gallery

April 19 - May 14, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 22, 5 - 8:30pm
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Two years ago Danyl blended myths and hipsters for a fun connection between past and present. He continues that exploration in his latest solo show Gods & Damsels, opening April 19 at Valkarie Gallery. The all new slate of drawings and paintings present strong mythological women, humbled gods and a few dapper monsters. The artist's reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 from 5 to 8:30 pm. the show will run through Sunday, May 14.

Valkarie Gallery
445 S Saulsbury St
Denver, CO 80226
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http://www.valkariefineart.com

 

Kimberly Putnam: A Pot to Pee In

Yulia Aiden: A Long Snow Job

CORE New Art Space

April 20 — May 7, 2017

  • Artists reception: Friday, April 21, 5-6 pm Collector’s and VIP preview; 6-9 PM Opening Reception
Kimberly Putnam’s A Pot to Pee In, explores the visual history of urinary segregation emphasizing the importance of gender equality in the bathroom while Yulia Aiden’s show, A Long Snow Job: Between Deception and Illusion examines the impact of social dogmas on feminine identity in a new body of abstract paintings.

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Putnam, A Pot to Pee in

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Aiden, Snow Job

 
CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
303.297.8428
Gallery Hours:
Fri: Noon-9 pm
Thu/Sat: Noon-6 pm
Sun: 1-4 pm
http://www.corenewartspace.com

 

Wet Mechanics by G Cody Day, and Markings and Essence by Liz Lautrup

SYNC Gallery

April 20 - May 13, 2017

  • Third Friday artists’ reception: April 21 from 6-9pm
  • First Friday Art Walk: May 5 from 6-9pm

G Cody Day Ventricies

G Cody Day - Ventricies, acrylic on canvas, 14” x 11”


Sync Gallery
931 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Thu: 1-4pm
First & Third Fridays: 6- 9pm
Sat 12-4pm

http://syncgallery.org

Read more: Sync: G Cody Day and Liz Lautrup

Laura Shill and Joel Swanson: Personal Structures

Palazzo Bembo (Venice, Italy)

May 11 – November 26, 2017

  • Part of the 57th Venice Biennale
  • Curated by Black Cube Executive Director + Chief Curator, Cortney Lane Stell
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Black Cube is partnering with the GAA Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organization, to host a large-scale exhibition, titled Personal Structures, which will coincide with the 57th Venice Biennale. The exhibition will take place in the Palazzo Bembo, located off the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

About the exhibition:

Black Cube will present two bodies of work by American artists Laura Shill and Joel Swanson, both based in Colorado. The exhibition is curated by Black Cube Executive Director + Chief Curator, Cortney Lane Stell. Shill and Swanson’s installations consider the complexities of binary structures in gender and language, exploring the spaces in-between. The dichotomies presented in these works reference the age-old pattern of how humans perceive the world through contrast - good and evil, male and female, day and night - and go beyond the polarity of opposites by exploring the in-between spaces of gender norms and language.

The Personal Structures exhibition is free, open to the public, and will be on display from May 11 through November 26, 2017. Exhibition catalogues will be available following the vernissage.

About the Venice Biennale:

For more than a century, the Venice Biennale has been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Ever since its founding in 1895, the Venice Biennale has been in the avant-garde, promoting new artistic trends and organizing international events in the contemporary arts.

The Venice Biennale’s 57th International Art Exhibition will take place at the Giardini and is titled VIVA ARTE VIVA, and is curated by Christine Macel. The 57th Venice Biennale will include 87 National Participations in the historic Pavilions at the Giardini, at the Arsenale and in the historic city center of Venice.

About the Palazzo Bembo:

The Palazzo Bembo is a palace in Venice, Italy, on the Grand Canal, near the historic by the Rialto Bridge. The building is a contemporary art exhibition venue. It was built in the 15th century by the noble family Bembo. The building is on the San Marco side of the Grand Canal, wedged in between Rio di San Salvador and Calle Bembo.

 

Linda Gleitz: “Misplaced and Displaced People”

Zip 37 Gallery

April 14 - 30, 2017

  • Opening reception: Friday April 14, 5-10pm
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Linda Gleitz at Zip 37 Gallery

Misplaced and Displaced People, Ruminations about Immigrants, Refugees and Victims of Wars

"This was heart wrenching work for me but I feel strongly that it's important to acknowledge the effects of government policies. I hope to stimulate compassion in the viewer."

- Linda Gleitz

Linda was the featured artist for the National Women’s Caucus for Arts website in April 2016 as well as in their “Best of 2014” show. She is also currently featured in “Expo 36” a national juried show curated by Jennifer Harris, a curatorial assistant at MOMA NYC. Her work is in many private and other collections nationwide. She shows at Woman made gallery in Chicago, the Chicago Urban Art Retreat and is a member artist at Zip 37 Gallery in Denver.

Zip 37
3644 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
303.477.4525
Thu: 5-8pm; Fri: 6-10pm
Sat/Sun: Noon-5pm
http://zip37.com

 

Stacy Lewis: Divine Color

Central Presbyterian Church Sturgeon Gallery

April 10 – June 10, 2017

  • Meet the artist: Sunday, April 30th from 11:30am – 12:30pm; Friday, May 19th from 5:30 – 8:00pm
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Color Crevasse, Acrylic and Gel on Canvas, 24” x 24”

For Denver artist Stacy Lewis, divine energy and spirit are reflected in vibrant acrylic colors. Her upcoming show, Divine Color, will be running from April 10 through June 10 at the Sturgeon Gallery, located in downtown Denver’s historic Central Presbyterian Church. Divine Color will feature nearly 10 works by Lewis, each distinctly celebrating spectrums of color.

By leveraging the inherent power of color – its vibration and its energy – Lewis blends acrylics with mixed media to capture the essence of an emotion, person, place or object. “Painting is truly a spiritual experience for me,” says Lewis, “Prior to starting a piece, I gain an immediate sense of what the subject represents in my mind, body and soul. I become less interested in the accuracy of translating the subject and more interested in how the blending of colors will evoke the unique divine expression of a subject internally and externally.”

In the end, Lewis uses color to create a sense of movement, dynamism and vibrancy while inviting viewers to develop their own connections to each canvas. Painting has been a part of Lewis’ life since childhood, growing up in a family of artists and using art as a form of personal expression as her own life has evolved. Divine Color is a reflection of the artist’s vision at this celebratory point in her life.

This vivid solo show will run from April 10 – June 10 with a chance to meet the artist on Sunday, April 30th from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., or on Friday, May 19, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Denver’s historic Central Presbyterian Church has long been known as a beautiful place to appreciate architecture and music. The Sturgeon Gallery adds creativity and beauty by featuring local artists on a regular basis. The gallery’s volunteer curator is longtime Denver artist Jean Herman. The gallery is situated in the Central Presbyterian Church and art can be viewed following Sunday services as well as during the artist reception dates above.

Central Presbyterian Church
1660 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203
303.893.5500
http://www.centraldenver.com


David Cooley: Warp & Weft

Black Book Gallery

April 15 - May 5, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15th from 7-9pm; Free & Open to the public
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This month we welcome back David Cooley for a solo show in the main gallery

Black Book Gallery
304 Elati St.
Denver, CO 80223
Tuesday - Friday: 10am-2pm; Saturday: 10-12pm
http://www.theblackbookgallery.com

 

46th Annual Jefferson Foundation High School Art Exhibition (Main Gallery)

Naomi Scheck: "Hewn" - Jeffco Alumni Exhibition (Upper Gallery)

Linda Scholes, Carpe Diem - Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition (Theatre Gallery)

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

April 7 – May 7, 2017

  • Opening reception: Monday, April 24, 6 to 9pm; Awards Presentation 7pm in the Arvada Center Main Stage Theatre
  • Awards presentation admission limited to award winners, parents/families, art teachers, and sponsors
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India Flora; Alameda International High School

This Arvada Center favorite returns for its 46th year. The exhibition features more than 400 artworks from 23 Jefferson County High Schools submitted to 14 categories, in which they can win awards. Categories include ceramics, crafts and fibers, drawing, painting, jewelry, printmaking, photography, and more. This exhibition featuring the next generation of artists who go on to achieve great things is a must-see!

More information: https://arvadacenter.org/galleries/46th-annual-jeffco-schools-foundation-high-school-art-exhibition

Naomi Scheck: "Hewn" - Jeffco Alumni Exhibition

The Arvada Center welcomes back Naomi Scheck who began her artistic career in the Arvada Center’s annual Jefferson County High School Art Exhibition while attending Arvada High School from 1998-2002 with Linda Scholes, featured in the Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition, as an art teacher. Naomi went on to receive her BFA from the University of Denver and her MFA from Colorado State University. Now a talented professional artist, she returns to exhibit with a massive solo exhibition of her manipulated and cut paper compositions.

More information: https://arvadacenter.org/galleries/naomi-scheck-hewn-jeffco-alumni-exhibition

Linda Scoles, Carpe Diem: Celebrating the Human Spirit - Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition

In conjunction with the annual Jeffco Schools High School Art Exhibition, the Arvada Center recognizes the teachers that educate and train future artists with the Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition. Now retired, Linda Scholes taught at Arvada High School, where Naomi Scheck, featured in the Jeffco Alumni Exhibition, was one of her students. Linda studied art at the University of Northern Colorado and the San Francisco Art Institute, and has continued studying at Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe, and the Art Students League in Denver. Carpe Diem includes examples of Linda’s recent abstract works.

More information: https://arvadacenter.org/galleries/linda-scholes-carpe-diem-jeffco-teacher-solo-exhibition

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
720.898.7255
http://arvadacenter.org

 

Richard Alden Peterson

Curtis Center for the Arts

April 3 - 28, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Saturday, April 15, 1pm
bruce connerArtist Bruce Conner as photographed by Richard Peterson

Richard Alden Peterson, a 65 year old California native, is an experimental Colorado photographer since 1987, an arts community organizer, a photography teacher, and creator of an ongoing creative artist portrait series originally instigated in conjunction with MCA Denver. His imaginative art photos have been exhibited widely, and are in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Richard became entranced by photography on his 12th birthday when his Uncle gifted him with a toy darkroom set. For more than 53 passionate years his obsessions with creative photography and writing led him to unexpected and exciting? adventures. Peterson sold his first prints in 8th grade when he created the class portrait, made the prints in a darkroom, and sold them to students for 50¢. Also, in 8th grade he taught darkroom techniques to 7th graders.

When 15, a rock radio station hired Richard to photograph 1960s celebrities backstage at concerts. Some of the bands included Turtles, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Supremes, Mothers of Invention, Stone Poneys, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Cream and Ricky Nelson.

By the end of high school, Peterson was writing and photographing for the underground press in San Diego for the Door in the company of writers like Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs and Mick Garris. In the mid-1970s, he became Aerial Photography for an early Punk 'zine, Search & Destroy, published by a City Lights Bookstore employee using funds from Allen Ginsberg. During this immersion into the eclectic San Francisco Punk scene, he photographed emerging legends passing through such as Iggy Pop, Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones, and the imaginative characters of the local scene.

During the Punk era, Peterson met legendary artist Bruce Conner becoming a friend and work associate for 30 years. During the Conner years, Richard collaboratively created darkroom and digital prints for Bruce, and worked with him on several other projects. Bruce's retrospective "It's All True", including many collaborative works, and portraits of Bruce by Richard, premiered at MoMA in 2016, moved to SFMoMA, and is now in a museum in Madrid. In the 1980s Peterson moved from San Francisco to San Diego and opened a gallery named after an intersection of San Francisco alleyways, Pink and Pearl, where he exhibited the unique and powerful artists he met during the early Punk scene, and continued to create evocative and moody fine-art photographs, and a well-received body of collaborative works with his wife Sydney. Many gallery shows and reviews appeared during this period.

In 1987, he moved to Denver to work as an advertising photographer for an upscale fashion store, Printemps, which closed in 1989. He stayed in Colorado with a Denver studio, continuing to create atmospheric portraits, and manipulated images. In 2012, the far-sighted MCA Denver museum director Adam Lerner gave Richard his first museum show where he appeared alongside prints created for Bruce Conner with Punk photos and artist portraits. Richard's work also appeared in the traveling Mark Mothersbaugh Myopia show.

Richard currently works as a museum specialist photographing art events, artist portraits, and art installations. And, still a passionate and driven artist, he continually creates new and unique art at his mountaintop studio outside of Denver.

Curtis Center for the Arts
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80121
Mon-Fri: 8:30-4:30; Sat: 10-4
http://www.greenwoodillage.com/curtis

 

Unerased Journeys: A Survey of Works By Darryl Pottorf

Museum of Outdoor Arts

April 8 - July 15, 2017

  • Opening reception: Saturday April 8th from 6-9pm
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On April 8th MOA will premiere "Unerased Journeys: A Survey of Works by Darryl Pottorf"-one of America's preeminent contemporary artists with international acclaim. The survey opens April 8 with an artist's reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at MOA's indoor galleries in Englewood Civic Center. Free and open to the public, the opening includes hors d'oeuvres, libations, and live music performed by pianist Hank Troy. "Unerased Journeys" will be on display through July 15, 2017.

The survey will showcase approximately 50 works, including Pottorf's signature large-scale paintings that document the present with truth and humor and inspiration gleaned from sources as far ranging as ancient Etruscans.

Pottorf worked as a studio assistant for Robert Rauschenberg and later collaborated with him. They traveled internationally and exotically, including trips to China and Africa, to Russia where they met with Gorbachev, and to Cuba, where they stayed at Fidel Castro's beach house. They were in Berlin when the wall came down. They enjoyed the hospitality of Malaysian headhunters, spent a week with the Dalai Lama, and mingled with a cross-section of luminaries including Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Hutton, Lily Tomlin and Sharon Stone.

"Unerased Journeys" evokes a visual journal of outtakes of the varied and exciting life experiences of Darryl Pottorf," said MOA founder and CEO Cynthia Madden Leitner. "These pieces, combined with the new works, provide a resurgence in his life as an artist of a proportion not experienced since Robert Rauschenberg passed away nine years ago. This exhibit opening at MOA will be a launching pad for an upcoming tour of Darryl's work."

While his 32-year relationship with Rauschenberg provided a primary influence for Pottorf, the artist's other major influence was Europe. As a teenager, Pottorf traveled to the continent as soon as he was able to save enough money. He studied and worked in Florence, Italy, where he became a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the phrase. Pottorf's oeuvre amalgamates his disciplines: photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, architecture, theater, dance, and writing.

The exhibition marks a crossroads in the artist's illustrious career. Having sold his Florida home and studio, he is designing new living and working quarters. The show provides an impetus to this extraordinary artist to press on, and to create new works in his new studio.

"Life changes things," said Pottorf. "Things get erased, so you go back and unerase them to understand."

Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110
303.806.0444
Tue-Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
http://www.moaonline.org

 

Steamorphics, The Art of Steampunk

Works by Dave Duros (aka) Dr Orphic

Royal Contemporary

April 8 - May 27, 2017

  • Opening Reception and Florence 2nd Saturday ArtWalk Saturday April 8 from 4 to 7 pm
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Orphic Music Composer by Dave Duros

Experience the magical world of Steamorphics, a wondrous exhibit of Steampunk Time Machines, Air Ships, Paranormal Devices, Alien Artifacts, and other mysterious contrivances.

Royal Contemporary
120 E. Main Street
Florence, CO 81226
Thursday-Sunday: 11am-5pm
http://www.royalcontemporary.com

 

Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford

Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum Joint Exhibitions

April 9 – July 16, 2017

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Mark Bradford (American, born 1961). Photograph courtesy the artist
Clyfford Still, PH-26, 1951

The Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum unite the work of two artists separated by generations in a creative collaboration: Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford.

The 2 exhibitions include new paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), as well as a unique presentation of Still’s work curated by Bradford at the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM). Bradford was honored in 2014 with the U.S. Department of State’s Medal of Arts and notably was recently named as the U.S. representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

“This exhibition takes our partnership with the Clyfford Still Museum to new heights,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “By visiting the exhibition at DAM and CSM, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the connection between Bradford’s work and Still’s abstractions as they relate to the legacy of abstract expressionism.” Rebecca Hart, curator of modern and contemporary art, will curate DAM’s presentation of the exhibition in the Museum’s Gallagher Family Gallery.

“The title Shade has rich implications such as to shelter from light, to be in a shadow or to add black to a hue to darken it,” said curator Hart. “Both Clyfford Still and Mark Bradford have a unique relationship to black. At a time when other Abstract Expressionist painters had vibrant palettes, Still used black to force viewers out of their comfort zones. For Bradford, the choice of black isn’t neutral; it intentionally forces us to confront conventional notions of race. Each viewer will interpret the use of black differently, hopefully evoking emotions that connect them to the works on view.”

Bradford’s curation of Still’s work at CSM will feature approximately 15 works that prominently incorporate black pigments, spanning five decades. The selection reveals Bradford’s appreciation for Still’s frequent use of black and for Still’s many evocative statements about the color, including, “Black was never a color of death and terror for me. I think of it as warm and generative.” Bradford’s curation will be featured in the Museum’s two largest galleries. This exhibition marks the Museum’s third installment of its Artists Select series, which began in 2015 with an exhibition curated by visual artist and composer Mark Mothersbaugh, and continued in early 2017 with an exhibition curated by contemporary artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel.

Bradford believes his new work for this exhibition is in dialogue with Still’s. He recalled seeing a Still painting for the first time: “What caught my eye was the insistence of his paintings. His surfaces were more raw and immediate than other abstract expressionist paintings. His paintings are not just optical—they have a very physical presence.” In comparing his studio process with Still’s, Bradford said, “My paintings are made up of tearing. To me it represents a process that is more of a reality than laying down a perfect line of paint. It’s raw and violent but it still comes together. And it’s not just a tearing that you see in Still’s paintings, it’s a collision of colors. There aren’t smooth transitions.”

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80204

http://www.denverartmuseum.org

Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
http://clyffordstillmuseum.org

 

 

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