Stories and Reviews

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.

Mexico City and Material Art Fair: The Importance of Being There

One of the best things that happened from the 2015 Biennial of the Americas was the funding for the exchange of artists between Mexico...

Tales of the down, and not-quite-out, at the VFW

Rupert Jenkins reviews "Down in Denver," photos by Jody Akers and Billy “ghost lenz” Riesling

Levi Jackson & Adam Bateman: The Repo Men of Utah Painting

Bateman and Jackson excel at finding an authentic language that asserts a Western identity as Western artists, in a way that far surpasses the trope of landscape painting.

I/II: The Yin: MCA’s Killer New Exhibition

I’ve been on this kick for awhile now about art getting most interesting when it edges toward real life, so the all-too-real, day-apart collision...

At CVA: Beyond the news bubble, a personal kind of Mid East politics

Center for Visual Arts photo exhibit is a welcome opportunity to grasp the complexities not so much of the Middle East, but of what it means to be Middle Eastern.

At RedLine, losing ground in the culture war

RedLine Denver presents a flock of wise owls when what we really need is a herd of pissed-off elephants.

Review: Looking in, out and back at Arvada photo show

Review: “Double Exposure” plus “Stop/Look/See” at the Arvada Center by Rupert Jenkins

After 20 years of trying, Christo cancels Colorado river project

Christo keeps his decision to cancel the controversial "Over the River" project brief. He is simply done. Here is the official statement: “After pursuing Over The...

At MOA, plugging in, tuning out, turning up story of 94-year-old Dorothy Tanner

“I’m a long story,” Dorothy Tanner says of herself. And she tells it, in bits and pieces, not parsing the good from the bad,...

Western art, but without the romance

The show is all about expressing the sensibilities of Old West iconography through the techniques of contemporary art.

Review: Terry Maker has an issue with pills. A big one.

Art exhibits can be as much about where they take place as they are about the objects they put out there. A show about...

4 things the city really needs to say at Wednesday’s meeting on art spaces

The situation went from tragic to dramatic last month when the artist-run space Rhinoceropolis was abruptly shut down for code violations, sending its residents to the streets on one of the coldest days of the year.

The first five shows you should see in 2017

  2017 has started and you should, too. Here are five interesting choices.   Les Petites Choses, Through Feb. 24, Processus. We see a lot of “miniatures” shows...

Is fruit really that sexy?: Loving the art, loathing the artist statement

      I have been asked to write statements for my art exhibitions for over forty years, and they keep getting shorter and shorter, which exasperates...

Review: Shockwave, Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s

A review of Shockwave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s, curated by Florence Müller, at the Denver Art Museum

Review: Jonathan Saiz stares down doom at Leon Gallery

The exhibit, “The Deep End,” distributes his brilliant and confused mind across the walls of Leon and it is as entertaining and immersive as any Hollywood blockbuster,

The top 10 (plus a few more) art exhibits of 2016 in Colorado

The best shows have to resonate communally; to speak directly to the moment, expose new talents, show off unknown capabilities of existing institutions galleries. It has to be important beyond the walls that contain it.