Last chance for RADAR
DENVER Roughly a foot-and-a-half by three-foot rectangle tank holds a skinned, decomposed bulls skull engulfed in a formaldehyde bath. Its not some pulp horror movie prop. Its art. Interior gallery view of RADAR: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, closing after July 15. Photo by Jeff Wells. Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.
Specifically, its a contemporary piece titled Phillip (The Twelve Disciples), by British artist Damien Hirst. Its also part of RADAR: Selections from the collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, which is on display for the last weekend at the Denver Art Museum. Vail residents and contemporary art collectors, The Logans have made significant contributions to the Denver Art Museum over the past few years.This weekend is not only the last weekend of the RADAR exhibit, its also a freebie weekend at the DAM. Over the weekend, visitors can create art and join in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest painting by numbers, according to the press release. Mayor John Hickenlooper is set to paint the first piece at 10 a.m. and afterwards the huge community artwork 3 feet wide by 400 feet long will take shape over the course of the weekend.During the day, musicians, artists and jugglers will entertain children and adults outside on the Museums Martin Plaza, according to the press release. After the sun sets a variety of eclectic late-night activities and programming will continue inside until midnight. Free tickets will be available on-site both days.
The Vail Symposium hosted a Denver contemporary art trip a few months ago. Local resident and artist Susan Mackin Dolan was one of 30 or so people who spent the day immersed in some of Denvers contemporary art offerings. Its a fabulous show one of the most interesting combinations of artwork Ive seen in a long time. If you have any interest in contemporary art, then you absolutely must go, Mackin Dolan said.Twenty-eight terra-cotta-colored bodies sitting in the Lotus position, hands folded on their laps, greet visitors to the RADAR exhibit. A hodge-podge collection of heads from animated characters like Ken and Tinkerbell hang from barely visible strings attached to the ceiling. At first people pause at the sight of the visually arresting bodies. Once they process the sight, they move forward for a closer look at the heads, chuckling as they recognize childhood friends. The headless monks, by artist Micheal Joo, was Mackin Dolans favorite piece in the exhibit, she said. Since she practices mediation herself, she said she felt a personal connection with the piece.Its such a wonderful combination and juxtaposition of contemporary society and ancient society. Its so visceral it just hits you when you see it.Minturn resident Ty Gillespie also took part in the art trip. There are a few pieces that stick out in his head from the exhibit, including three paintings by artist Yasumasa Morimura, titled Self Portrait as Art History. The series of paintings resemble the Mona Lisa, except with the artists face inserted. The first Mona Lisa-esque figure is draped in clothing, much like the original, the second depicts Mona Lisa nude and the third, pregnant, but her skin is peeled back so you can see her organs and the baby inside. Its important to really spend some time looking at the paintings to get their full effect, Gillespie said.You cant just breeze by and say isnt that pretty?
A preview from Clyfford Still Unveiled: Selections from the Estate, will open on Saturday, in advance of the Clyfford Still Museum set to open in 2010. Thirteen major works of art from Still, who is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century and a leader in the first generation of abstract expressionists, will be displayed, many for the first time. The exhibition will include three early figurative works, a 1940 self-portrait, three works on paper from 1935 to 1952 and five 1940s and 1950s masterworks that show the evolution of Stills mature, purely abstract style.After Stills death in 1980, his estate which includes 94 percent of his work was sealed off from the public. None of these paintings have been publicly displayed since then and many of the works have never been available for public viewing.Arts & Entertainment Writer Caramie Schnell can be reached at 748-2984 or email@example.com.