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Colorado’s Abstract Art, Critics’ Book and Art Exhibition will be Topics of Feb. 18 Studio 12

DENVER – February 10, 2009 – The historical development of abstract art in Colorado, a book by two local authors and a large art exhibition divided between two art centers will be topics of Studio 12 on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. on Channel 12.

Michael Paglia and Mary Voelz Chandler, authors of the new 320-page book, Colorado Abstract – Paintings and Sculpture, and Hugh Grant, director and curator of Denver’s Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, will be guests of Studio 12 program host Tamara Banks. Paglia, who writes for Westword, served as curator for the show, and co-author Chandler is the Rocky Mountain News art critic.

The abstract art exhibition is at Metro State’s Center for Visual Art, 1734 Wazee St., and the Kirkland Museum, 1311 Pearl St.  The Kirkland Museum exhibit explores the evolution and the significance of abstract painting in Colorado beginning with impressionism and moving through to complete abstraction. The Center for Visual Art exhibit focuses on contemporary abstractions by Colorado artists.

The book and exhibition have been described by Denver Post Fine Arts Critic Kyle MacMillan as “unquestionably the most comprehensive and ambitious look at Colorado abstraction to date.” 

This episode of Studio 12 also will be available for viewing via the free video-on-demand feature of www.KBDI.org after February 20.


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Studio 12 "Colorado Abstract Art"
Studio 12 "Colorado Abstract Art"

Beverly Rosen
Culmination, 1972
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