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…
In November, The Denver Post reported that the City of Denver had settled with starchitect Santiago Calatrava, agreeing to pay him a $250,000 licensing fee to utilize his designs for a hotel, bridge, train station and terminal extension at Denver International Airport. The article reports that the agreement between the City and Calatrava’s design firm…
We live in a world filled with cool products and great design. I love my iPhone, desire an iPad and remain happy each day when I walk into my office and sit down in front of my sleek iMac with wireless keyboard and mouse. Everything works. I don’t have to worry about daily software updates…
Just as the Impressionists broke with the Académie des Beaux-Arts and the 1913 Armory Show in New York brought the scandalous work of Brancusi, Matisse, Braque and Duchamp to America. The 1948 division in Denver showed that modernism had rooted itself in Colorado brought by John E. Thompson when he came to Colorado in 1914 with his Fauvist and Impressionistic style.
In a remote village in the Thar desert of Pakistan, the women are primarily Hindu in a Muslim country. Not only that, but they are from the bottom of the untouchable caste system. They have very few options in life for what they can do to earn a living. Most of the women are illiterate and are forbidden to travel without their husbands or a male relative. The men dye cotton and the women take that cotton and stitch together brightly patterned Ralli quilts. They embroider, appliqué, and adorn their creations with bits of mirror, sequins, shells and beads. The patterns are based on ancient textile traditions dating back thousands of years.
It was Doug Leen who created the Square Tower image for Mesa Verde National Park in 2006, a poster done in the WPA style, but an original Leen design. Leen visited Square Tower, which has been closed to guests since about 1940. Square Tower is the tallest Ancient Puebloan structure and what the park wanted to emulate on their poster.
The primary buyers of art seem to be hotels, hospital and blue-chip billionaires hedging their funds in Warhols and Picasso’s. Collectors are not spending their discretionary income because their walls are already filled. Artwork Network doesn’t claim to be an art expert and they are not representing artists. For them, art is a product and they are a tool to help sell that product. Perhaps websites like Artwork Network can build their brand around a new kind of art buyer, one that doesn’t have to know the difference between acrylic and oil, whose willing to spend $500 for something because they like it and it matches the furniture, and for whom art is not a luxury but a necessity.
From Denver to Las Vegas, the Grammy’s to the Tobin Collection at the McNay Art Museum and updates on new grant programs for the state of Colorado and attendance results for the arts in the Mountain Region as well as a video of Embrace! at the Denver Art Museum. Leanne Goebel covers it all for adobeairstream.com.
What do a business man, a sports guy and Bruce Mau all have in commong? Denver’s Biennial of the Americas, which proudly touts itself as a biennial with scientists and thinkers. But what about the art?
Instead of a 250 item design exhibit that looks forward to where design is going, Denver Art Museum’s new design curator Darrin Alfred has put together a show currently on display that looks backward:”The Psychedelic Experience, Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965-71.”