Stories and Reviews

If art cost less money, would people buy more of it?

The opportunity comes via “So Wrong It’s So Right,” an experiment where local creatives are testing the gallery system to see how well they can do without dealers.

Q&A: Artist Derrick Velasquez opens a gallery in his basement

Simply put, the most radical thing one can do in this current economic and political state is present opportunities for artists to show their work.

The Venice Biennale, not quite as far away in 2017

it’s a sure success for Black Cube, a pay-off for some genuine ambition in service of Denver and its artists, and an incentive for future ambitious moves.

Zach Reini Ain’t Got No Type

The Thing his work does – that most work he co-curates at Leisure does – that is sort of the hallmark of all contemporary art of a generation.

Why I rarely make serialized work

However, there can be many dangers to turning your studio into a factory. First, is monotony.

Elissa Auther: “Feminism” is back, and ready to party, at MCA

How feminism went from a political commitment that people made fun of, or derided, to something that was suddenly very hip.

Q&A: Caleb Hahne talks about the time Matisse stopped by

Artist Jamie Knowlton is currently showing her work at Derrick Velasquez’s basement gallery in West Denver. But she lives in Portland, which just happens...

Just what kind of photographer is “Get Out’s” Chris Washington?

If in action movies an actor needs to be able to “handle a gun,” the same is true of actors handling a camera, and only a few of them ever meet that challenge successfully.

Vibrant, hedonistic, exhilarating: Ryan McGinley’s youthful rampage at MCA

McGinley’s images are vibrant, hedonistic, and often exhilarating. In the words of curator Nora Burnett Abrams, they are “a celebration of independence without responsibility”

Cortney Lane Stell: Blowing up the art gallery

As the curator heads off for a showcase of Colorado artists in Venice, she chats about her working philosophy and reveals her plan to exhibit art in cars

Who won the (very competitive) Arts in Society grants? Here’s the list

About 265 artists and organizations applied and 21 will get cash

Molly Bounds and the aesthetics of imperfection

There’s an interesting sort of honesty here, where true stories of real people are highly abstracted to their most basic representation.

The 6 Coolest Things Coming Up (Like, starting tomorrow)

Internationally cool Ana Teresa Fernández at DAM, Wednesday, May 3 Artist Ana Teresa Fernández is best-known for creating installations that have her painting over sections of the...

Cut & paste: Collage Club looks forward; Stacey Steers back

Surrealism rears its dreamy head at Alto Gallery and Robischon Gallery.

Stacey Steers takes it to the “Edge” at Robischon

Methodically working a sensibility that is dark and dreamy, bygone and contemporary, Steers finds herself in the midst of a particularly busy spell.

This is the kind of show museum directors get fired over

The exhibit’s centerpiece, Dáreece Walker’s in-your-face drawings, impart a bold heroism on those who strike back at law enforcement.

Will Photography Survive Its Art-Historical Karma?

What photography did to painting oh-so-many years ago, it’s now suffering itself next to the infinite scrollability of the internet

Review: Tya Anthony/Jess Dugan, updating identity, defining place

Race, gender and identity have preoccupied artists working with photography since the 1980s, and it is fascinating to see those inquiries continue today

Dmitri Obergfell: The Death of Cool

This is the first of a series of experimental writings about, and in collaboration with, select Denver artists.

Is this Denver’s biggest piece of art?

Forrest Morrison’s murals at the Curtis Hotel are irreverent, irresistible and spectacularly excessive at every turn. Or on every floor, you might say.