Stories and Reviews

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.

Are things really that bad for women artists? (yes, maybe no)

By  Lauri Lynnxe Murphy It isn’t often that a Facebook post inspires a full-on flashback.  But there it was one morning a few weeks ago:...

See this: James Surls & Charmaine Locke, bigger than Texas

All I Ever Wanted sounds suspicious on paper — a curiously quaint, husband-and-wife art exhibit that aims to show how each serves as the...

Why Doug Kacena wrecked thousands of dollars in Western art

Colorado has two distinct camps of artists — and they are worlds apart. There’s the representational crowd, painters and sculptors who are the heirs to...

Review: Clark Richert, Colorado’s most important painter, at Gildar

Let me quote myself — and a whole lot of other people — in saying that Clark Richert is Colorado’s most important contemporary painter....

“Star Wars” at DAM: Like Trump era, just breathe through it

By Ray Mark Rinaldi I’m approaching the Star Wars exhibit at the Denver Art Museum the same way I’m dealing with the fact that Donald...

In Salt Lake, rejecting the very idea of sculpture

By Ray Mark Rinaldi Curators love to explore the things that define things, the overlaps and separations between one category of art and another. It's...