Men of God, Men of Nature Makes Denver Art Museum A Mecca from adobeairstream.com

The Fuse Box Gallery on level four of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building is all angles with slanted walls and sloping ceiling, as designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. A walk-through installation conceived by artist Laleh Mehran interacts with Libeskind’s angles by placing a large, black, acrylic cube near the far end of the long,…

Abstract Angus – Theodore Waddell at Denver Art Museum from adobeairstream.com

Theodore Waddell arrived in New York to study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School in the early 1960s, a decade after abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still and Robert Motherwell began changing the art world. Artists of Waddell’s generation, 10  years into AbEx’s reach and ahead of pop, were either reacting against the theories…

Yves Saint Laurent: 40 Years of Fashion, Yes, at Denver Art Museum from adobeairstream.com

Fashion as art is nothing new. The first exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for a living artist happened in 1983 when Diana Vreeland organized Yves Saint Laurent for the Costume Institute. In 2011, Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beautybecame the best attended exhibition in the Met’s history. The populism of fashion…

Pissing On (or Near) Art at the Clyfford Still Museum from adobeairstream.com

First, there was Duchamp’s “Fountain,” and since then piss, dung, feces, even menstrual blood have been handy tools of art. Andy Warhol made piss paintings and Andres Serrano pissed off the Catholic Church with his recently damaged “Piss Christ.” Unfortunately, it appears that Carmen Tisch’s recent drunken escapade at the Clyfford Still Museum was nothing more…

MCA Denver, Exploring the CounterCulture (West Coast Style) from adobeairstream.com

The counterculture movement was in essence a western phenomenon. That’s the premise of West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977, a book and exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. Yes, significant moments played out at Woodstock and in Greenwich Village, but the American West allowed…