Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art opens Colorado Art Survey VII

The Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in Denver presents Colorado Art Survey VII, an exhibition on view April 7, 2012—September 2, 2012. Curated by Hugh Grant, Founding Director & Curator. Kirkland Museum unveils this new exhibition as it continues to survey the nationally important art history of Colorado.

Indians on the Platte River, 1888, by Charles Stewart Stobie (1845-1931), Oil on canvas, Collection of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

Colorado Art Survey VII features 160 paintings, prints and drawings by 128 artists, of which 51 works (32%) have never been shown at Kirkland Museum and another 20 works (12%) have been off view for over a year or more—all from the permanent collection. Works in this exhibition date from 1875 to 2006. Most of the ones not previously shown are new acquisitions in the last seven months, since the last Colorado Art Survey (August 2011—November 2011), indicating our commitment to find and collect as many quality Colorado works as possible. A balanced presentation of painting styles of Colorado art is given with works ranging from Traditional (Realism and Impressionism), to Regionalism, Surrealism, Referential Abstraction and Pure Abstraction. Kirkland Museum shows virtually no contemporary style art—because several Colorado museums and many galleries specialize in that era—and hence most works are prior to 1980. The ones after 1980 are done in a modern and not contemporary style.

In addition to the works in this special exhibition, Colorado sculptures of metal (71) and ceramic (64), as well as Colorado functional ceramics, furniture, textiles, tableware, enamel and a retrospective of Vance Kirkland works demonstrate why the reputation of Colorado art is growing. In all, 688 works by 234 Colorado artists will be on view, with many remaining on virtually constant view because of their significance to Colorado art history—for instance the pottery of Artus and Anne Van Briggle, William Long, Paul Soldner, Betty Woodman, Donna Marecak, Jim and Nan McKinnell; metal sculpture by Edgar Britton, Bob Mangold, Bill Joseph, Arnold Rönnebeck and Dorothea Greene Dunlop; paintings by Vance Kirkland, Herbert Bayer, Charles Partridge Adams, Birger Sandzén, Robert Reid, Charles Bunnell, Edward Marecak, Al Wynne, William Sanderson, Nadine Drummond and many more.

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art
1311 Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-832-8576
E-Mail: [email protected]

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