Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture

The rise of abstraction in the first half of the 20th century and its firm establishment in the art of Colorado of the late 20th and early 21st centuries is the expansive topic taken up by Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture. This book marks the first time such an ambitious project has been undertaken that zeroes in on this visually rich yet virtually unexplored topic.

Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture is co-authored by two well-known Denver art writers: Michael Paglia who selected all the artists featured, and Mary Voelz Chandler who authored individual discussions of each of the more than fifty contemporary abstractionists included. In addition, Hugh Grant of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art has prepared a foreword.

With more than 200 color plates, Colorado Abstract begins with Paglia’s overview of the history of abstraction in Colorado, commencing with the generation of artists from the first half of the 20th century, and concluding with the late modernists from the end of the second. This historic discussion is followed by individual essays by Chandler, spotlighting the careers of more than fifty artists currently creating abstract works in Colorado. Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture offers an enlightening look at abstract art in Colorado, a worthwhile if often overlooked field of inquiry.

January 2009
Size: 10.125 x 11.375
Pages: 319
Plates: 200 color plates
ISBN: 978-1-934491-12-6
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