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The grass is greener: Denver Art Museum’s ambitious exhibit of site-specific art


Envy is a deadly sin, but it’s hard to feel otherwise when announcements such as the following land in my inbox:

The Denver Art Museum has commissioned 17 artists to create work that responds to and interacts with the dramatic spaces of its Daniel Libeskind-designed Frederic C. Hamilton Building. The pieces, known as site-specific because they are created for a certain place, compose “Embrace!,” one of the largest such exhibitions mounted in a U.S. museum.

Artists include Katharina Grosse, El Anatsui, Shinique Smith, Matthew Brannon, Jessica Stockholder, Lawrence Weiner and Tobias Rehberger.

The show, which opens Nov. 14 and runs through April 4, 2010, was organized by curator/deputy director Christoph Heinrich, who, it was just announced, was chosen to succeed Lewis Sharp as Denver Art Museum director.

Heinrich came to Denver in 2007 from Hamburg Kunsthalle in Germany, where he was Chief Curator for Contemporary Art, Collections and Exhibitions.

About the headline: “The grass is greener” will highlight the kinds of projects or events occurring in other cities that I — and all of us, I suspect — would like to see in Atlanta. Please add your own.


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