Category: Artists

Denver Post
Ray Mark Rinaldi
At David B. Smith, upping the game for contemporary art in Denver
March 1, 2015

Constructed Histories, curated by William Morrow, is called “as good as any contemporary show you might see at the Denver Art Museum these days. Maybe even better…” The exhibition includes work by Sanford Biggers, Jeremy Dean, Tania Dibbs, Teresa Diehl, Christoph Draeger, Glenn Kaino, Dinh Q. Lé, McCallum Tarry, and Aaron Skolnick.

Rinaldi states “There is plenty of questioning of American identity and presumption in ‘Constructed Histories’… there’s an opening for galleries like David B. Smith to emerge as distinct voices with an important role in keeping Denver interesting, actually upping the culture here. And for fans of contemporary art, to explore new places eager to bring them art that is relevant to our era. They can start right now at David B. Smith.”


T: The New York Times Style Magazine
Johnny Magdaleno
The Weekly Agenda
August 11, 2014

Brazilian artist Bruno Novelli’s exhibition at David B. Smith Gallery “Materia Radiante” is highlighted in The New York Times | The Weekly Agenda.  Johnny Magdaleno recommends Novelli’s opening reception at the David B. Smith Gallery as a premiere cultural event in the United States stating “The neon hues and rich flora of the artist’s home country find new liveliness against sleek, alien patterns in these fresh acrylic pieces.” The exhibition features new paintings, video and digital animations by Novelli.

5280 Magazine
5280 magazine features Novelli’s “Materia Radiante” as a “best bet” stating, “Bruno Novelli, also known as Bruno 9li, has made a name for himself as an artist in both his home country of Brazil and abroad. His abstract graphic paintings, usually done in ink or acrylic paint, are a window into a frenzied world of geometric shapes and animalistic creatures.”

Denver Westword
“Gallerist David B. Smith says he’s shown work by Brazilian artist Bruno Novelli, aka Bruno 9li (nove is “nine” in Portuguese), in the past, but Materia Radiente, which opens today at Smith’s eponymous gallery, is the artist’s first full solo in Denver. And what a solo it is: Inspired by Novelli’s explorations along the Amazon and in the coastal rainforests near Santa Catarina and São Paulo, the work pops with vibrating colors — even literally, in the case of a series of GIFs that will be screened on televisions in the gallery’s Project Room.” – Susan Froyd

The exhibition also received some wonderful press online and on the radio:
Arrested Motion

Colorado Public Radio

Hi Fructose Magazine

Juxtapoz Magazine

Denver Post

The Denver Post
Ray Mark Rinaldi
Best in Show: The 10 best galleries in Denver
April 27, 2014

#2: David Smith has a fine eye for talent near and far, and that sets him apart from his peers. He works with some of the best names in the region (Sarah McKenzie and Don Stinson), but his focus is national, and that makes a visit to the showroom a treat. Plus, he’s been having fun lately, with must-see installations from artists like Michael Theodore and Mark Dean Veca. It’s his time, really.

Laura Ball, Hi Fructose Magazine
Laura Ball’s work was profiled in Hi Fructose magazine in their Spring 2014, Volume 31 issue. Titled, “Capturing the Minotaur: The Art of Laura Ball” Kirsten Anderson interviewed Ball about the conceptual framework supporting her work, as well as the significance of the animals she is currently using as a part of her subject matter.

Anderson writes:
Painter Laura Ball’s hypnotically engaging paintings give the viewer a multi-planed insight to the roiling energy of the subconscious, as well as the dynamics of the equally vital and tempestuous physical world…The spot-on composition and Ball’s ability to render fine details while still retaining loosely winey line work all the images to pulse with an organize vitality.