Denver Art Museum: Have a Seat: Mexican Chair Design Today Exhibit
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by Jeydie W
4M ago
You know how they have signs in art museums saying don’t sit on the chairs because they’re part of the exhibition, not for resting? And you feel that the sign is provoking you cause you’ve been standing for so long looking at art. Well, this time around, you can sit. At the Have a Seat exhibit, the artists encourage viewers to sit in their handcrafted seats; now, if you can fit in them, it is a different story. Spread out in a spacious gallery, you find yourself walking from chair to chair testing them out as if you’re going to actually buy one of them. It seemed more like a Goldilocks conund ..read more
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Golden Legacy: Original Art From 80 Years of Golden Books Exhibit
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by Jeydie W
4M ago
Besides Dr. Seuss, most readers since the 1940s grew up with Golden Books. We borrowed them from our local libraries, noticing the doggy-eared pages of countless other readers, or we had a library of them, with the gold spines shining from the bookshelves. From The Pokey Little Puppy to Richard Scary’s, Golden books have left a profound love of reading and imagination in all of us. Unfortunately, in the early 1900s, buying children’s books was considered an indulgent purchase since creating the illustrations was expensive. Then came the Golden Books company in 1942, with the idea of making ch ..read more
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Tanya Marcuse: Laws of Nature
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by Jeydie W
4M ago
We all learn about the laws of nature, such as Newton’s law of gravity or the laws of motion, understanding that the world only works on these guidelines and that most of the time, you don’t see it. Unlike gravity, in Tanya Marcuse’s display, you can see the process of decay, layer upon layer, acting on the laws of nature. As a college student, Tanya Marcuse began her photography career, showcasing many of her photographs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, George Eastman Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Starting in 2015, Marcuse committed to a three-part, fourteen-year proj ..read more
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Detroit Institute of Art: After Cubism: Modern Art in Paris, 1918-1948
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by Jeydie W
5M ago
It’s always a pleasure to visit the Detroit Institute of Art, and it was no exception during my recent trip in December, where they had an amusing exhibit on Cubism. The DIA is housed in a Beaux-Arts building boasting more than 100 galleries and 65,000 items, a collection that started in 1885 and had increased with the help of Director William Valentiner between 1924 and 1945. The institution is known to be the first US art museum to acquire a Van Gogh. Their latest exhibit, After Cubism, contains both paintings and photographs from such artists as Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso ..read more
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All Stars: American Artists from the Phillips Collection
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by Jeydie W
6M ago
Looking for a crash course on American art from the past 140 years? Then you have this exhibit to thank and it’s better than looking for the answers through AI. Take a stroll through over 50 American artists who pioneered art movements, created iconic images and have influenced the artists of today. The Phillips Collection is a museum out of Washington D.C. founded by Duncan Phillips and his wife Marjorie Acker Phillips in 1921. Duncan was an art critic and collector whose collection exceeded 600 artworks by 1930, along with the help of his wife Marjorie; who was a painter. The museum is cons ..read more
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Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks Exhibit
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by Jeydie W
6M ago
It had been a long while since I entered the Denver Art Museum and was excited to get back. I took advantage of seeing two temporary exhibits, with a cheap ticket price. Of course, they were worth more, but being a member helps. One of the exhibits was Amoako Boafo’s solo debut exhibit, a display of about 30 works done between 2016 and 2022. Boafo is a Ghanaian artist, based out of Austria, who focuses on black subject matter and its complexities. He uses bold colors to lure viewers in and applies a style not seen since kindergarten – fingerpainting. Having started his artist journey in Ghana ..read more
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From Food Paintings to #FoodPorn: The Beauty Behind Food
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by Forbiddenjade
1y ago
Forgot about this blog post I did for the Museum of Food and Culture. Admit it, you are one of those who takes pictures of their meals and lament over having to destroy such a beautifully made dish by eating it. You share it on social media and express how incredibly attractive it is to the eyes and stomach. Sharing a food image has become such a huge social norm that #FoodPorn boasts over 280 million posts on Instagram. What is it about food and its aesthetic that makes us want to take pictures and share them? Is it a form of showing status? Surprisingly, we’ll have to go back a few hundred y ..read more
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Watercolor(ing)
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by Jeydie W
1y ago
Hi, all! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted here and for that I’m sorry. Life has been busy and distracting. I switched jobs (again) and I bought a house with my husband, which I will definitely write about because I’m living in a Victorian house built in 1889 surrounded by other Victorians that’s part of a historically registered neighborhood. Never have I imagined that I would be living in a historic home! I love visiting them, almost every city I visit I check to see if they have one. I say almost cause when I visit with my husband, he doesn’t care to go; so I usually wait for my ..read more
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Saying Goodbye to Big Blue at the Clyfford Still Museum
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by Jeydie W
1y ago
Ever since I moved to Denver, I’d wanted to go to the Clyfford Still Museum, yet never managed to go until recently. I made an effort because I heard that Big Blue was being put away. I didn’t know what or (maybe) who was Big Blue, with some digging into the Still Museum website I found out that Big Blue is a really big painting. And as it suggests in its title, its mostly blue. A fascinating thing about the Still Museum (at the moment) is that it’s been ‘curated’ by children. Many of the art works on display have been chosen by local children in collaboration with the museum. Inside you will ..read more
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Kirkland Museum of Decorative Art Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright -Inside the Walls
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by Jeydie W
1y ago
As small as Kirkland is, it carries a large amount of character and class. It’s known for housing works by artist and educator Vance Kirkland, Colorado and other regional art, and international works. Set inside half of Kirkland’s original studio (there’s a fascinating clip showing how it was moved), and half of a modern building. I visited Kirkland for the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit; the focus was on his furniture and other decorative parts. The highlight was the art glass lamp gifted to the museum; it hasn’t been seen in exhibit in 100 years. The story behind the lamp starts in 1964 when ar ..read more
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