A Denver Group Show Ditches the Theme
That’s exactly what the Denver gallery is doing for the 12th installment of “Group Exhibition”. In a world of high-concept art events and self-serious artist’s statements, it’s a refreshing gesture—the admission that there’s no theme, no strict parameters, that the artists are free to pursue their own predilections instead of trying to squeeze into a prescribed formula. Indeed, the featured pieces—including abstract oil paintings, quiet landscapes, and elegant graphite drawings—only have one thing in common. They’re all intriguing artworks.
Standouts include oil paintings in a variety of styles: stark and surprising takes on the classic bird portrait, as in
All told, Gallery 1261’s latest group show is an exhibition with enough diversity and depth to make you think twice about the typical group show tropes. In this case, letting go of the commonly held objective—the objective that all the works center around one theme or concept—keeps the spotlight firmly on the artists’ particular visual styles.
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