Why African-American Art Could Be Another Victim of Bill Cosby

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From the collection of Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr. Photograph by Frank Stewart, © 2014 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
"Blind Musician," by Jacob Lawrence.

By now everyone has heard that Bill Cosby -- the beloved Dr. Huxtable from the 1980s hit sitcom "The Cosby Show," and before that, tennis coach Alexander Scott on "I Spy," from the '60s -- has been publicly accused by at least ten women, including Lou Ferrigno's wife, of sexually abusing them, or of having attempted to sexually abuse them.

Although I'm an art writer rather a crime or celebrity reporter, the story resonated with me nonetheless. That's because it occurred to me that there is another victim, one that has been mostly lost in the media shuffle: African-American art.

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After Starting an eBay Art Revolution, Lisa Luree Moves Into the Gallery World

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Happily Ever After, Lisa Luree.
It all began with Artist Trading Cards. Back in 2004, local painter Lisa Luree had already started selling her full-size paintings online when customers began asking if she made Artist Trading Cards, those two-and-a-half by three-and-a-half-inch pieces that artists generally traded. Luree asked her online art community if other artists would be interested in selling their ATCs on eBay -- but the initial response wasn't great.

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Fake Diamonds Relaunches with Pop Up Shop at Love Gallery tonight

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Photo courtesy of Dillon Morton
The start of Dillon Morton's clothing company, Fake Diamonds, came in 2009, "when I first learned to convert an art piece of mine in photoshop to have screen-printed on a shirt," he recalls. "After I was able to sell those initial twelve shirts, I went for it and designed about five other shirts and worked with a close friend of mine, Mike Pack, to create a website and Lookbook.

"From there, the goal was to continue learning and pushing what we could do with each collection we released," Morton explains. And tonight he'll relaunch Fake Diamonds with a pop-up shop at Love Gallery.

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Preview: Chaircuterie's Furniture-Inspired Art

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David Hamlin
On Thursday, November 13, the American Institute of Graphic Arts Colorado and the Denver Art Museum Design Council will host Chaircuterie, a celebration of design and a fundraiser for AIGA's mentorship and scholarship programs and the Denver Art Museum's Department of Architecture, Design and Graphics. More than a hundred chair-inspired works will be showcased and auctioned off during the event; the collection, created by such local and national artists and designers as Ethan Hutchinson, Mike Giant and Mario Zoots, includes functional furniture as well as sculptural works and two-dimensional pieces.

In advance of the party, here's a preview of some of the pieces that will be up for auction tomorrow evening at the McNichols Building:

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Staycation House/Gallery Show Wants Your Domestic Self-Portait Submissions

Categories: Art, DIY

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Residents of Boulder's Goss House invite submissions for their upcoming house/Gallery show.
When artists and roommates Laura Conway and Anna Winter started talking about curating their own gallery show in their home, it was crucial to challenge the traditional format of a place for art. "While subverting the white wall gallery model isn't new, we wanted to experiment in our own alternative space -- where behavior isn't orchestrated in such a prescribed manner as a gallery," says Conway.

Together, the friends came up with Staycation, a literal in-house exhibition of all mediums of art that will debut on December 6. They're currently accepting submissions for the show; installations, sculptural work, paintings, photography, film and video and performance-based work are all welcome. The idea is for artists to submit pieces that are like self-portraits, but are not limited to representations of a person's face or body.

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Jerry Jaramillo's Sunnyside Mural, "Primavera," Is Gone But Not Forgotten

Categories: Art, Neighborhoods

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Jerry Jaramillo's "Primavera," before it was removed from the corner of 41st Avenue and Tejon Street.
Colorado artist Jerry Jaramillo was devastated when he found out that his mural, "Primavera," had been sandblasted and removed from a brick wall at the corner of 41st Avenue and Tejon Street in Sunnyside, where it had been for more than thirty years. "It felt like I lost a child or something," he says. "I was single and didn't have any kids at the time I painted it; every time I did a mural, it seemed like my child. So it felt like a loss to me, because it was one of my favorite murals I had done in Denver."

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The Mayday Experiment: Alone Again, Naturally

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Yesterday my friend Philip Spangler crammed all the belongings he came with plus one of Lawrence Argent's iconic blue bear statuettes into his Dodge Neon and hit the road to his new home in Chicago. Along with him rode my intern, Nico Larsen who is off to check out the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and choose her path.

I knew this day would come, just like I knew many other days would come, but it is still overwhelming. Because now, it's time for me to figure it out myself.

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The Mayday Experiment: Of Trailers and Hardware

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My friend Philip Spangler has been here almost three months and is staying one more week, sleeping on a futon in my living room and working on the house every day. By the end of the week the goal is to have a fully-clad, Tyvek-wrapped box with a loft and stairs - and I'll have to do the rest on my own without him, a scary proposition! This summer's rain -- something I told my Ohio born-and-bred friend was a rarity here in the high desert -- has impacted us again and again, making our progress forward halting and slow. However, bad decisions have held us back, too: most notably our choice of a trailer.

Stupidly, I figured I would just find a trailer on Craigslist or go to the trailer store -- that's a thing, right? Even though I had made cursory explorations through Craigslist's reams of purple links (and found many trailers that in hindsight I should have bought), I somehow had the idea in my head that this part was easy, and I'd just wait until Phil was here and grab a trailer. Big mistake.


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The Mayday Experiment: A Tiny House Inspires Big Conversations

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I love how this house, not yet a house but a structure, activates the neighborhood.

I have lived in Five Points for many, many years, and had my studio in its current location, a former chop-shop, for seven of them. In that time I've witnessed drive-bys, escapees from the juvie facility across the road and, most terrifying of all, rapidly encroaching gentrification. When I went away to grad school I sublet my studio for two years, with all of my belongings crammed into a closet; when I returned, my beloved neighbors, the grandmothers and gang-bangers, had given way to yoga-pants-wearing white ladies pushing baby carriages and hipsters walking very fancy dogs. I knew the writing was on the wall.

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Ink Monstr Celebrates Sticker Art With Sticky Situation at Cluster Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Ink Monstr
Stickers are not just for stationary. Ink Monstr, a graphic design and print shop, will be taking over Cluster Studios for Sticky Situation, a one-night-only elite art show and competition on Saturday, October 18. And you can help choose the artist who moves on to the national contest.

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