Public Art That’s Not a Bummer: A Roundup of Denver’s Linger-Worthy Outdoor Artworks
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by Steve Jansen
2d ago
Denver’s public art collection boasts outstanding examples of monumental, outdoor sculptures, and includes works by Hebert Bayer, Sol LeWitt, Anthony Magar, Beverly Pepper, Bernar Venet, and more. Anthony Magar, Untitled: a dedication to Martin Luther King, 1968, Burns Park. Photo: Joshua Ware. Public art, quite often, disappoints. While attempting to placate the lowest common denominator, producing an artwork that will not offend the general public, and promoting a project that foregrounds messaging over aesthetics, government officials and selection committees face the difficult task of choo ..read more
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Southwest Art News: June 2023
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by Steve Jansen
3d ago
Catch up on recent art news headlines in the Southwest region, including people on the move, grants, and more. Rogers Art Loft residency program in Las Vegas, Nevada, has closed. Courtesy Rogers Art Loft.News New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary Announces Opening Date After several unforeseen delays, the anticipated opening date for the Vladem Contemporary is set for September 23, 2023. Once open, the high-profile Railyard venue will showcase contemporary art, educational programming, and more inside of its 35,000-square-foot digs. Phoenix’s Pueblo Grande Museum Changes ..read more
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The Art of Collaboration at Santa Fe’s Railyard Park + Plaza
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by Lauren Tresp
3d ago
The Santa Fe Railyard Park + Plaza is a site of creative collaborations, with recent projects presented in collaboration with the Railyard Park Conservancy’s Railyard Art Project and local arts organizations. Rick Phelps, Post Fiesta Wares, installation view, Axle Contemporary, 2023. Courtesy Axle Contemporary. Since its inception in 2008, the Railyard Park Conservancy’s (RPC) Railyard Art Project (RAP) has partnered with dozens of organizations to bring public art and performance to Santa Fe’s Railyard Park + Plaza, including Art Park 21, Currents New Media, FutureClear collective, Magnetic L ..read more
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Celia Álvarez Muñoz’s Situates Her Practice at the U.S.-Mexico Confluence
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by Steve Jansen
4d ago
Celia Álvarez Muñoz’s first career retrospective presents a rich body of work by the celebrated Arlington, Texas-based artist, who’s committed to the complexity of stories from the U.S.-Mexico border. Portrait of Celia Álvarez Muñoz at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Álvarez Muñoz is standing in her installation Fibra y Furia (1997), remounted for her first career retrospective Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Breaking the Binding. Photo: Stacy Keck. Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. If you’re like me, you witness nearly all of the world’s breaking news through a tiny digital news p ..read more
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Arizona Artists Take Umbrage at a Proposed Development in Phoenix’s Already Gentrified Roosevelt Row
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by Steve Jansen
5d ago
Chicago-based tequila and taco restaurant Federales wants to set up shop in downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row. Unlike other developments in the gentrified neighborhood, artists and arts leaders aren’t having it. Opponents of the proposed restaurant and bar, which would be built in a highly desirable and visible area in Roosevelt Row, are concerned about the possible impact on area residents, small businesses, and creative spaces. Photo: Kenny Barrett. PHOENIX—Artist and eye lounge gallery collective member Laura Rodriguez has lived for seven years in the Evans Churchill neighborhood that includ ..read more
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Los Bares Viejos: A Guide to the Good Old Dives of Nuevo México
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by Steve Jansen
1w ago
P. Antonio Márquez’s guide to the good old dives of Nuevo México includes Albuquerque Press Club, the Matador in Santa Fe, Saints and Sinners in Española, and more. The Original Owl Bar & Cafe, San Antonio, NM, 2023. Rosie’s Cantina. Thunderbird Bar. The Hitching Post (formerly El Patio). Carraro’s and Joe’s Place across from UNM, La Ventana, the Blue Spruce Lounge, the Montana Mining Company, Club West, Burt’s Tiki Lounge. All these bars are gone now, bulldozed, or refurbished, or boarded up. More and more, a certain type of bar is disappearing from New Mexico. As craft breweries increasi ..read more
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Harwood at 100
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by Steve Jansen
1w ago
Harwood Museum of Art has lived multiple lives as library, artist crash pad, and world-class art center. The Taos cultural gem now celebrates its centennial. Ernest Leonard Blumenschein, Ourselves and Taos Neighbors, ca 1940, oil on canvas, 41 x 50 in. Collection of Stark Museum of Art, Orange, TX. Partial bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark and partial gift of Nelda C. Stark. Approximately one hundred years ago, before the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico, became a well-known arts destination—one that’s outfitted with the meditative Agnes Martin Gallery—the modest adobe building on Ledoux ..read more
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Western New Mexico University Museum: Unique New Mexico
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by Lauren Tresp
1w ago
WNMU Museum in Silver City, New Mexico, occupies a historic building and houses one of the largest collections of Mimbres pottery and artifacts in the world, as well as other prehistoric Southwestern pottery and artifacts. WNMU Museum exhibition hall. Photo: Lauren Tresp. Western New Mexico University Museum Silver City, NM The quaint and scenic town of Silver City, New Mexico, was established in 1870 after the discovery of, you guessed it, silver ore deposits. The town enjoyed an early period of high crime, peppered with colorful names like Butch Cassidy, Sombrero Jack, and “Dangerous Dan” Tu ..read more
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Karma Henry: 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now 2023
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by Lauren Tresp
1w ago
Karma Henry is a Paiute, Italian, and Portuguese artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, whose acrylic paintings consider the landscape as site for both the literal and personal embodiment of place. Karma Henry, Pitawa-ti tongo ba’a (Looking above the clouds), 2022, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 30 in.Santa Fe | karmahenry.com | @karmasbrain Karma Henry is a Paiute, Italian, and Portuguese artist whose acrylic paintings consider the landscape as site for both the literal and personal embodiment of place. Such paintings combine rich color with symmetrical patterns “borrowed from regional architecture ..read more
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Zuyva Sevilla: 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now 2023
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by Lauren Tresp
1w ago
Zuyva Sevilla, an artist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, makes new-media works that contemplate the cosmic and ineffable, such as heat signatures and dust patterns. Zuyva Sevilla, Synistanai, 2020, 15-channel video installation showing different “recordings” of proto-solar systems, 50 x 20 x 10 ft.Albuquerque | zuyvasevilla.com Zuyva Sevilla’s artwork straddles two seemingly antagonistic worlds—the natural and the digital. But far from highlighting or re-affirming staid, binary relationships, the Albuquerque-based artist highlights the interconnectedness and thought-provoking confluence ..read more
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