Colorado Abstract


  • Finalist 2010
    Colorado Humanities Center for the Book

Colorado Abstract examines the establishment of abstraction in the art of Colorado during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

This lavishly illustrated book begins with Paglia’s overview of the history of abstraction in Colorado, commencing with the generation of artists from the first half of the 20th century, and concluding with the late modernists from the end of the second. This historic discussion is followed by individual essays by Chandler, spotlighting the careers of more than fifty artists currently creating abstract works in Colorado. Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture offers an enlightening look at abstract art in Colorado, a worthwhile if often overlooked field of inquiry.

The rise of abstraction in the first half of the 20th century and its firm establishment in the art of Colorado of the late 20th and early 21st centuries are expansive topics taken up by Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture. This book marks the first time such an ambitious project has been undertaken that zeroes in on this visually rich yet virtually unexplored topic.

Michael Paglia’s art column appears in Westword  (Denver) and his writings have been included in Art News, Architecture, Modernism, Where Colorado, and American Contemporary Art. He is also a contributor to Decades of Influence/Extended Remix.

Mary Voelz Chandler, art and architecture critic for the Rocky Mountain News (Denver), moved to Colorado in 1984 following a career as an arts editor for The Miami Herald. She is the author of A Guide to Denver Architecture.

Hugh Grant established the Kirkland Foundation in 1996 to research, acquire, rediscover, and preserve the history of Colorado art. He has collected the works of over 170 Colorado artists who were active from 1880 to 1980. Director and curator of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in Denver, Grant is adjunct curator of the Kirkland Collection at the Denver Art Museum.

Size: 10 x 11.25 in.
Pages: 319
Plates: 200 color plates
Linen Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-934491-12-6
Price: $85