David B. Smith Gallery was named Best Gallery for Contemporary Art in Westword’s Best of Denver 2018. We are proud to be included alongside so many of Denver’s institutions in this annual celebration of what the city has to offer.
Christopher Russell’s Landscape series was recently acquired by Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, California Museum of Photography, and One National Gay and Lesbian Archives. Works from this series are also currently on view in the exhibition Way Bay at the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, curated by Lawrence Rinder.
Additionally, Christopher Russell is included in the exhibition Cut! Paper Play in Contemporary Photography at the Getty Center. The exhibition features works by Thomas Demand, Christiane Feser, Daniel Gordon, Soo Kim, Matt Lipps, and Christopher Russell and is on view February 27–May 27, 2018.
Sarah McKenzie and Tobias Fike are included in the exhibition, Elsewhere, a group exhibition co-curated with Brooke Grucella and Martina Shenal, at University of Arizona’s Joseph Gross Gallery. The exhibition features Kevin Cooley, Noemie Goudal, Nazafarin Lofti, Dario Robleto, and Chris Thorson. On view through March 23, 2018.
Don Stinson to be included in group exhibition, Open Space – The Finite Frontier, on view at The Curtis Center for the Arts, January 6 – February 28, 2018. Click here for more information.
Don Stinson, What Lies Between, a new catalogue featuring works from Don Stinson’s recent solo exhibition at David B. Smith Gallery is now available. Featuring a foreword written by Karen McWhorter, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and catalogue essay by Amy Scott, Chief Curator and Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator of Visual Arts at the Autry Museum of the American West. Click here to purchase your copy.
Laura Ball’s Zanesville Mandala is now on view in the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, Stampede: Animals in Art, currently on view through May 19, 2019.
Joel Swanson and Laura Shill
On the occasion of the 57th Venice Biennale
Palazzo Bembo, located off the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy
Presented by Black Cube Nomadic Museum.
Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Free and open to the public.
David B. Smith Gallery is proud to support artist Joel Swanson in a two person exhibition, Personal Structures, in Venice, Italy, occurring concurrently with the 2017 Venice Biennale. Presented by Black Cube Nomadic Museum and curated by Cortney Lane Stell, Swanson is exhibiting alongside Denver artist Laura Shill, as the two examine the concepts and cultural uptake of gender and language. Personal Structures, located in the historic Palazzo Bembo, recently called “a nimble counterpoint to the more top-heavy parts of Venice’s Biennale” in an article by Terence Trouillout for artnet, marks the debut of Colorado artists in Venice for this renown cultural event.
Read the full article here.
Have you ever been writing a word and for a brief moment it looks strange? It seems to almost lose its meaning? This happens to me when I write the word “what.” I stare at the word, sound it out, but it just seems foreign. Technically, this phenomenon is known as aphasia, the condition when someone loses the ability to understand language, typically due to some type of brain trauma. There is something so vulnerable and terrifying about losing our primary mode of communication, but it also allows us to see and experience the world without this wrapper of words and language. This is what Paul Valery means when he says, “To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.” Perhaps my work might induce a brief (and non-violent) moment of aphasia in its viewers; that it might offer a fleeting but significant experience where we see through, or perhaps beyond language, and help us experience the world in a different way. – Joel Swanson, from interview with Stephanie Edwards.
Read the full interview here
“To maintain the lively exhibition schedule at his eponymous gallery, David B. Smith travels the country, checking out cutting-edge artists in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, even Boulder. He’s always looking for new talent for his aesthetically tight exhibitions, and his current offering, Range, is proof of that. New Yorker Penelope Umbrico uses iPhone apps to riff on the history of landscape photography as inspired by the work of the masters of that medium. The resulting digital photos infuse the original black-and-white views of the mountains made with film with colors from computer codes, in the form of shooting stripes or bars in toned-up shades, running right through the scenery. This show is part of the Month of Photography; at other times on the exhibition calendar, you might encounter interactive installations, or paintings that rise a foot off their surfaces, or sculptures that light up, or any number of imaginative takes on contemporary conceptual art.”
The gallery is proud to announce the Getty Museum’s acquisition of Christopher Russell’s Explosion XXXI for its permanent collection. Russell will also be included in a group exhibition at the Getty’s Center for Photographs from February to May 2018 featuring the work of six contemporary artists who interaction with paper is an integral part of their practice. Other artists in the exhibition include Thomas Demand, Matt Lipps, Daniel Gordon, Soo Kim and Christiane Feser.
In March 2016, Adam Milner was included in a group exhibition, Fung Wah Biennial, at Flux Factory, New York City. He was also included in reviews of the Fung Wah Biennial in Art in America, Hyperallergic, and The Gothamist.
Milner recently completed a two-month residency at Casa Maauad in Mexico City. His resultant solo exhibition, A History of Man, his first international solo show, opened August 18, 2016. Images of the exhibition can be seen here.
Joel Swanson’s work is included in the collection of Denver’s newly opened Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek North. Sincerely is installed in the foyer area of the hotel and can be seen in situ in The Denver Post article featuring the hotel. The full article and slideshow of the hotel’s interior can be seen here.
In August, Swanson also completed a commission for Twitter.