Nov 18, 2009

The Kirkland paintings are here!

Earlier this autumn, I worked with Hugh Grant, Director of the Vance Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, to choose the paintings from their collection for an exhibition to be display in tandem with our upcoming NASA ART show. We put together a group of Kirkland’s nebulae and cosmic explosion paintings from the 1954 to 1980. Kirkland’s The Mysteries of Space exhibition includes 17 paintings that are astounding in their own right and that also tie some of the themes of the NASAART exhibition to Colorado art.

Kirkland’s paintings arrived last week and we are installing the works in our second-floor North Events Gallery over the next couple days. These are overwhelmingly beautiful paintings in which Kirkland was simultaneously pushing the limits of his art and of human exploration itself.

-- Blake Milteer, Museum Director, Curator of American Art and the NASA ART exhibition

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