Monthly Archives: March 2014

May the [Art] Circles be Unbroken

It’s fun to go over to the Navajo Art District (38th & Navajo) and hit  openings on a Friday night. First, you should stop at Patsy’s 1930’s bar, the only one on this block of Navajo, have a drink, hit the galleries, then come back as we did to eat their old world Italian pasta.  We had the thick meat sauce & sausage with minestrone soup & salad sitting at the bar. Steve, the bartender is generous with the hard stuff and can work a full bar without missing a beat. He has eyes in the back of his head, your glass is never empty – if that’s they way you want it.

Zoa Ace is the featured artist at Zip 37 Gallery through April 13th. Her work never ceases to delight viewers with teeming feminine scenes, whimsical and artistic. Her incredible color palette inspires love at first sight. And her paintings remain full of Zoa Ace-isms from the calla lillies to her signature doll-faced girls in fancy dresses.  If you can stand in front of one of her paintings without being elbowed, you can spot Minnie Mouse, Olive Oil, sometimes a high-wire performer;  she dreams of animals, umbrellas, clocks and jewels.

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Mary Recchia, Zoa Ace, Louis Recchia

They’re the iconic duo in Denver’s art world, Zoa Ace and her husband, Louis Recchia (with a backward R). Over the years, instead of morphing into look a-likes, like husbands & wives do, their work has morphed into a similar style with repetitive themes. One has to be somewhat familiar with each’s limitless sense of humor and their love of iconic personalities to grab the instant recognition of a Zoa or a Louis. The pair have uncanny harmony that is distinguishable alone, yet, tells the real story:  they have shared days, months, years and hours in the same house, bed and studio. Now, their daughter Mary, has stepped into the spotlight. She shows her airy, detailed, pen & ink drawings in Zip as well.

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Collin Parson

Across the street at the legendary Pirate Contemporary Art gallery another chip-off-the-old-block is on the walls. His father, Chuck Parson, has been a well-known Colorado artist for the last 25+ years. Now we have the pleasure of his son, artist and likeable guy, Collin Parson. He’s a product of the latest wave of artists who know the inside of a computer. Collin says he’s an artist, but adds, his father is the real artist, one who can draw, paint, sculpt. I say Collin is cutting himself short. He is a genius. Imagine creating modern flowing, symmetrical designs on a computer screen then actually putting the design into real metal. The results are astonishing and quite beautiful. I see it in the lobby of buildings like – General Motors?

Zip 37 Gallery, 3644 Navajo Street. www.zoaace.com

Pirate Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo Street. www.collinparson.com

 

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Central Park Clouds

Denver has a ‘Cloud’ sculpture that was installed in 2010, by former Colorado resident artist Christopher Lavery.

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DSC_9043 Olaf Breuning’s “clouds” installation near the 5th Avenue entrance to Central Park, is a cheerful injection of hope for the warm weather ahead.  The blue clouds, the color of a perfect sky rather than actual clouds, are placed above brown limbed trees which are still waiting for their spring foliage to arrive.

Constructed of painted polished aluminium, Breuning had the idea from one of his earlier staged photographs.  The clouds transform this hectic corner of Central Park in to a stage.  The day we visited, we chanced upon a group of people dancing beneath, with Breuning’s dramatic and childlike clouds wafting above like a carefully conceived background set for New York.

Olaf Breuning. Clouds. Central Park at 60th and 5th Avenue. NY.

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Everyday People

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Butterfly Boy, NYC, 1949 Photographer Jerome Liebling (1924-2011) grew up in Brooklyn. In 1948 he became a member of the Photo League, a group of socially aware photographers who took to the urban streets to document life. This month Liebling’s daughter, filmmaker Rachel Liebling, has curated a retrospective of his work on show at Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea.

With many of the pieces never having been exhibited until now, there are works spanning almost 60 years.   There’s nothing posed or forced in Leibling’s work, but rather the beauty comes in the spectacular honesty of his subjects. “My sympathies have always been with the everyday people; they are the center of my photography,” Liebling said.  Whether shooting on the streets of New York City or at a summer camp in Massachusetts, Leibling manages to capture the extraordinary in the ordinary wherever he points his camera.

Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death. Steven Kasher…

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Sarah Lucas Will Represent Britain at the 2015 Venice Biennale

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Installation view of Lucas's current show at Gladstone, 'NUD NOB.' (Courtesy Gladstone Gallery) Installation view of Lucas’s current show at Gladstone, ‘NUD NOB.’ (Courtesy Gladstone Gallery)

The British Council announced today that it has tapped Sarah Lucas to represent Great Britain at the 2015 Venice Biennale, which opens next May.

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Pace Gallery Pops Up in Silicon Valley

Pace Gallery goes POP-up in Menlo Park.

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Downtown Menlo Park. (Wikipedia) Downtown Menlo Park. (Wikipedia)

In mid-April, Pace Gallery will open a temporary branch in Menlo Park, Calif., in the former Tesla Motors headquarters there. Notable for its Silicon Valley wealth, Menlo Park, a town bordered by Palo Alto and Stanford, was deemed by CNN two years ago to be one of the “best places for the rich and single.” 

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Paper Fashion Show – A M A Z I N G

It was an Ooh, La, La visual wonderland. The 10th Annual ADCD ( Art Directors Club of Denver) Paper Fashion Show happened last night at the Seawell Grand Ballroom. And, it was a WOW. I had attended a luncheon in the Seawell Ballroom on Wednesday but last night the room shared no resemblance whatsoever. It was transformed into a vision of feminine colors, whimsical fashion illustrations, frills and outrageous dresses made out of P A P E R. The designs were absolutely amazing. I took photos for you …. see for yourself.

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Morning Links: Statue of Liberty Edition

Today’s art news from the Gallerist: latest on Whitney Biennial, looted Roman statue, artists donate works to raise money for legal defense of man who smashed Ai Weiwei vase.

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The Statue of Liberty. (Photo by marksusnl/Flickr) The Statue of Liberty. (Photo by marksusnl/Flickr)

Carol Vogel has a guide to the Whitney Biennial. [NYT]

The Public Art Fund will put parts of Danh Vo’s sprawling We the People sculpture on view in City Hall Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park in May. [NYT]

Steve Elmendorf and Mark Rosman join the board of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. [Artforum]

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