Fifteen arts flashbacks from 2013

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Brandon Marshall
"Nick Cave: Sojourn," Denver Art Museum.
In 2013, we've gone to Paris at the Denver Art Museum and invited the rest of the world in for the city's second Biennial of the Americas, visited galleries in garages and warehouses, and found unexpected art wheat-pasted on brick walls, projected from LED screens and gracing billboards. To be fair, this list could go a lot longer, but for the sake of brevity, here are some of our favorite art flashbacks, in chronological order. Feel free to chime in with yours.

See also: Twelve Denver arts flashbacks from 2012

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Derrick Velasquez
Artist Conor King's studio at TANK.
TANK Studios, January 2013

Nine artists, some of them graduating RedLine residents, joined together early in 2013 to realize a dream by building out TANK, a revolutionary new studio space in Overland. The flowing circular blueprint worked so well that they've since added a second buildout of interconnected, doorless studios, included an area reserved for residents selected through Adam Gildar's nonprofit Art-Plant. Imagined in the spirit of other precedent-setting spaces like RedLine and Ironton (which also added a new building this year), but with an added layer of grit, TANK proves that Denver's art community is ready for its close-up.

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Ladies Fancywork Society
The Ladies Fancywork Society, yarn installation at the Denver Art Museum.
Ladies Fancywork Society
MCA-Denver: Fancygasm, January 20-April 7
Denver Art Museum: August 26-September 27

The yarn artists of the Ladies Fancywork Society proved this year that their work, though rooted in the street, transcends the underground designation. The LFS created not one, but two, major yarn installations at a pair of Denver's most prestigious art museums: MCA Denver and the Denver Art Museum. MCA kicked off 2013 with the LFS curtain installation Fancygasm adorning its chilly entryway in wintry shades of white and blue; later, in conjunction with its textile blockbuster exhibit Spun, the ladies draped a massive knitted floral carpet off the roof of the DAM, which was later disassembled by museum patrons who were invited to take home a piece of the work. A sneaky art idea has become a welcome part of the landscape.

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Mike McClung, "Untitled (Optic Series);" Pyrograph mounted on board; 2012.
Art of the State, Arvada Center of the Art sand Humanities, January 24-March 31

Art of the State was state of the art: Arvada Center gallery director Collin Parson invited the Clyfford Still Museum's Dean Sobel to help jury this massive love letter to Colorado artists, and the many-layered Art of the State did not disappoint. In fact, it was staggering in scope. Featuring nearly 200 works in every medium imaginable by 160 artists, it sprawled through the center in a pastiche of paintings, photography, sculpture, clay and fiber that addressed many local movements with love, if not seamlessly. Colorado's got talent!

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