"Fifteen Colorado Artists" who shook up Denver's modern art scene: A photo preview

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Jean Charlot (1898-1979, American, b. France) LA LAVENDERA (THE WASHER WOMAN) 1937 oil on canvas 8 x 10 inches Collection of Francis T. and Peggy B. Reed © The Jean Charlot Estate LLC. With permission.
Back in 1948, a group of European-inspired artists known as "The 15" shook up the Denver Artists Guild with abstract work far removed from the Western-themed art Coloradans typically get associated with. This week, that group is getting recognized at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art with an exhibit called 15 Colorado Artists, expounded upon by Westword art critic Michael Paglia in "Shifting Gears," his review from this week's issue. For a little taste of what he's talking about, here are a few pieces from the show you shouldn't miss.

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John Billmyer (1912-2001, American) Untitled c. 1950 oil on board 250 x 30 1/2 inches WoodwardHall Collection

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J. Richard Sorby (1911-2001, American) FIN FLASH 1957 pyroxylin (lacquer) on board 23 7/8 x 35 7/8 inches Collection of Kirkland Museum

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Moritz Krieg (1903-1971, American) Untitled (Surrealist Painting) late 1940s oil on canvas board 14 x 18 inches Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Harlan J. Berk

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Vance Kirkland (1904-1981, American) FORM IN SPACE 1948 watercolor and gouache on paper 22 1/4 x 31 inches Listed in the original 1948 catalog. Collection of Kirkland Museum

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