Retrospective Reflecting

A James Turrell Retrospective, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, BCAM, Level 2 and Resnick Pavilion May 26, 2013–April 6, 2014 Turrell, the artist who is still working inside the old meteor crater outside of Flagstaff, Arizona, was talked about when he first arrived in town like a crazy man is discussed — with a…

Levitating Mass

detail from below Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer

We who have seen the double negative of land removed on two opposing ripples in the circumference of the top of the mesa in Nevada called Mormon Mesa cannot weight for the rock to arrive from the wilderness. We cannot imagine how it can be making its triumphal arrival into the city of angels, an…

Nick Cave at the Denver Art Museum

Contemporary visual art is usually not concerned with craftsmanship, said William Morrow, the curator of contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, while asking Nick Cave why his work on view at the DAM was so well crafted. Mr. Cave said the works are made with a concern for quality because that is how he…

Wind Sculpture Installed for Wilderness

Aerovane sculpture installed in Aspen March 2013, as snow began to melt.

ASPEN, COLORADO – The installation called Invisible Aerovanes worked perfecting in the heavy snow conditions common in this world-renowned ski town, according to the artists Steuart Bremner & Terry Talty, who made the piece. Installed at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, this sculpture consists of nine elements that look something like…

Conceptual Writing

DENVER – October 20, 2012 Conceptual Writing From beyond the lively hum of people inside the Museum of Contemporary Art, I heard a repetitive tick of a human voice. I worked, once, in a newsroom where the police scanner was constantly on, and it sounded like that. I followed the voice to its source on…

On seeing the Forest for the Trees

An environmental sculpture BRECKENRIDGE – July 4, 2012 With the grueling Firecracker 50 Bike Race set for the Fourth of July, dozens of riders were training hard on the days leading up to the event, and many were wondering about a bunch of dead lodgepoles dancing around the woods next to the Moonstone Trail –…

More American Photos MCA

DENVER – March 30, 2012   – I don’t expect photography never to play tricks on me. I enjoy qualities of illusion – and formal composition – in a photo just as much as I enjoy those qualities in a painting. But, I also value the ability of photography to offer me some information about a…