On Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, a panel discussion will focus on “Colorado Abstract +10,” an exhibition now filling the Arvada Center.
This is 10 years after the original exhibition that was based on the book Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture. The book was organized by art and architecture writer and historian Michael Paglia, who brought the Kirkland Museum’s executive director, Hugh Grant, and me into the fold to contribute to the book. My role was to write 50 essays about 52 artists.
This was when I was the art, architecture and preservation writer for the Rocky Mountain News, which closed in February 2009. The first “Colorado Abstract” show was at the Center for Visual Arts, when it was still on Wazee Street and had a slightly different name.
So that’s the back story. Paglia and I will be on the panel, along with Collin Parson, director of galleries/curator. The current exhibition at the Arvada Center was organized by Parson, who knew that the first shows had real meaning for so many in the art community. And the new exhibition showcases new work, but Parson and Paglia took into account that a decade had flown by; 20 more artists were added to the show, with their work in the galleries upstairs.
As well as the contemporary abstract images and sculptures in Arvada, historical abstract works fill the exhibition gallery at the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in the Golden Triangle.
The opening at the Arvada Center was basically a community celebration with some 500 people attending, so I went back there earlier this week to actually study the show with fewer people around. All of the work is sensitively installed, and the pieces are amazingly diverse and impressive.
The Arvada show runs through Nov. 17, while the Kirkland exhibition goes through January 12, 2020.