ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Center for the Arts and
Humanities and the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art proudly announce Joseph
Raffael, a touring exhibition
that will be on display April 17 – May 31, 2009 at the Arvada Center and then June 5 – August 20, 2009 at the Fort Collins Museum of
Contemporary Art. An opening reception will be held at the Arvada Center on April 17, 2009 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. This event is free to the public.
showings in Arvada and Fort Collins, the exhibit will travel to the
prestigious Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio and then to the Nancy Hoffman
Gallery in New York City. "This
first ever partnership promises to be a long term and beneficial relationship
for both Arvada and Fort Collins, and we look forward to more partnerships
with other organizations in the future," states Arvada Center Executive
Director Gene Sobczak.
Collins Museum of Contemporary Art is extremely proud to have the Arvada Center as a partner in presenting this
exciting exhibition to Colorado audiences," says Marianne Lorenz,
Executive Director of the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art. "An artist
of the caliber of Joseph Raffael merits a sizeable audience and having the show
in both Arvada and Fort Collins assures that his work will receive
the attention it deserves."
Raffael is one of America's foremost contemporary realist
painters. Like the photo-realists with whom he is often identified, Raffael
uses photographs as the basis of his paintings. Unlike most photo-realists,
however, Raffael's paintings incorporate many aspects of modernism—abstract
composition, unconventional view angles, flattened space and expressive
brushwork. Raffael has described painting as being "the way to explore the
exalting and profound mystery of being alive and here on this earth."
career spanning five decades, the 75-year-old artist has had more than 70
one-person shows. His work is in more than 50 prominent American collections,
including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago,
Philadelphia Museum of Art and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
catalog accompanies the show.
The Arvada Center galleries are free and open to the
public Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. –
and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The galleries are also open until 7:30 p.m. on evenings with theater
presentations. Free docent-led tours of the Arvada Center’s gallery exhibitions and history
museum are available to groups of ten or more. To schedule a tour, call the Arvada Center’s gallery/museum tour line at (720) 898-7255
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is one of the nation’s largest cultural
attractions, devoted to all aspects of the arts. It is generously supported by
the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). For more information
on the Center’s galleries, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200 or
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