I met my friend, Mack, after work yesterday at the DAM. I’ve only known him for a year. We haven’t really hung out a lot. He expressed interest in seeing the recently opened Joan Miró exhibit when I ran into him a few weeks ago.
I thought the Miró exhibit was stunning. The show focuses on works from the last two decades of Miró’s career. It’s a small, but excellently curated, show. There are about fifty paintings, sculptures and drawings in the exhibit. The curator did a great job with the layout, placement and selection of wall colors which gives the visitor a pleasant experience. I found it amazing what Miró could produce with a few simple brush strokes. A few of the paintings were simply breath taking. They made me pause and wonder. I loved this Miró quote which has stenciled on one of the walls:
“Yes, it took me just a moment to draw this line with the brush. But it took me months, perhaps even years, of reflection to form the idea.”
Before leaving the museum, we checked out Printed and Painted The Art of Bark Cloth and William Matthews: Trespassing. Both are small, but awe-inspiring, presentations.
After the DAM we headed over to the Santa Fe Arts District to see the new shows at Core, Spark, Point and Michael Warren. Kara was closing her gallery as we arrived. We chatted for a few minutes before she headed home. Kara needed to make it an early night after our late night art tour a week ago.
Point has a new abstract painting show. My favorites were Kim Gentile’s paintings. I love a good abstract and her paintings were stellar. I think this may be Kim’s inaugural show at Point. Michael Warren contemporary has some incredible pieces by Inkyo Back, a South Korean artist, whose first Denver show was at Kara’s gallery. Michael Warren also has incredible collage portraits by Colby Brumit. These works are masterpieces. His materials and execution are top notch.
After the galleries we stopped for some nosh at Annie’s on Colfax before heading home. And no, it wasn’t a date. Mack is a friend. There are no romantic inclinations. He’s currently taking a sabbatical from his lobbying career while he reevaluates his life. It was a night of good art spent with a friend who also appreciates art.