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…

Tony Cragg

Tony Cragg 2011 show at Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas

Made for the Nasher Sculpture Center – DALLAS – November 10, 2011 The clean, sparse, naturally-lit sculpture center in Dallas, created by the 20th C. collectors Raymond and Patsy Nasher, shows Tony Cragg’s 21st C. sculpture like they were made for each other. Cragg’s work is slick and purposeful, but so detailed it could only…

Fred Sandback

Fred Sandback show recreated at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Precise Lines DENVER – October 18, 2011 Fred Sandback’s work is at the Museum of Contemporary Art until the 23rd of October. Until then the museum is filled with lines drawn in yarn — big lines, very precisely drawn in acrylic yarn. A line pulls you into the main floor gallery and points to a…

Robert Adams

Photographs at the DAM Robert Adams’ photographs at the Denver Art Museum are the spitting image of ones we’ve taken as young people exploring rural Colorado and beyond in the ’70s and ’80s. Or, more accurately, my imagined version of my photos. His are B&W and make the jarring primary colors of the commercialism of…

Vorticism –

Tate Britian does a show about the turn of the last century movement called Vorticism – which showed up around WWI. The Vorticists made a break from previous thinkers – like the Omega Workshop, the Beaux Arts revivalists of the late 1800s and those known as the Bloomsbury Group. It’s most obvious effect was to…