May 02, 2019An Afternoon at Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Finding myself with a few hours of free time, I spent a couple of hours wandering around the Denver Art Museum.

The North building is being reconstructed, and one gallery in the open part was being fitted out for a new exhibition, so there wasn’t a lot to see. The exhibition of English Art wasn’t very inspiring. What was interesting was listening to the whoppers the guide was telling. On a Constable, she commented that almost every English home has a reproduction Constable in it. Nah. I have a horrid suspicion that you are more likely to find a copy of the ‘Chinese Girl‘ (aka the Green Lady) than a Constable (I exaggerate, but only slightly).

Nowadays my artistic interests are sated by sculpture and modern art. I think I’ve overdosed on the classical paintings during recent trips, and they are all looking rather samey. What a heretic I am.

The sculptures located outside were very uninspiring. A couple of twee concrete seats that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a garden center, and a row of boxes. Fortunately, the architecture of the building itself gave me some inspiration.

The Jordan Casteel exhibition was interesting. I found her subjects’ large eyed direct stares very compelling.

Reflections. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

The above image is of some of the windows being installed in the new North Building. The curvature seems to be carefully designed to make the reflections move in an eye catching manner. I couldn’t capture the movement with the camera, so I suspect there’s some interesting 3D optical illusions being employed.

Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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