Robert Mangold Retrospective: A MUST SEE!

Last night was opening night for “Time, Space and Motion: Robert Mangold Retrospective” at the Arvada Center. Though you may be unfamiliar with Mr. Mangold’s name, you will probably recognize his work when you see it, as there are many pieces scattered throughout Denver. Mr. Mangold is a delight to speak with, unassuming and down to earth, you’d never guess him to be a “Rock Star” Sculptor with so many achievements under his belt. The show is expertly curated by none other than Collin Parson, and you can tell from the arrangement that Mr. Parson truly loves his work, and the works of the artists he showcases.

Your z|staff was on hand to record the first glimpse of the show, and it is one you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!! All the pieces are show stoppers, though I have to say the Tetrahedral Hypersphere collection won me over as my favorite overall set of works. We’re going to give you just a taste of the Retrospective here on the blog, because YOU NEED TO SEE IT IN PERSON to really understand how awe inspiring it is to see so many exquisite works in one place at one time.

So enjoy this little taste of the Mangold Retrospective, and get thee to the Arvada Center ASAP!

Check out our video honoring the show!

I left my art in San Francisco

So, you are probably thinking, “gee, it sure has been quiet over there at Z.” But that’s not because not a creature was stirring, on the contrary, it’s because the z|creatures have been stirring up quite a bit! And at the the beginning of the month, we went and rocked San Francisco at our friend Penelope’s show, Deco the Halls.

Check out a little glimpse of the show, and watch a  really fun video! Deco the Halls

This was a two-fold trip, one purpose was to work the show and sell some unique items that don’t normally find their way into z|modern or z|art, and the other was just to have a nice pseudo-vacation in San Francisco. And by pesudo-vacation, I mean EAT AT AMAZING RESTAURANTS AND RIDE CABLE CARS! So since you all were stuck here with sub-zero weather, snow, and the like, we’re going to help you live vicariously through our foodie adventure in SanFran.

After a bit of figuring out how the BART bus system works, we successfully navigated to the hotel, a mere 10 minute walk to the Concourse where Deco the Halls would be held. One of the many wonderful things about SF is that their transit system is great, so though recreational driving was missed, needing a car for basics like groceries and work travel was not. The items for the show were carefully packed in a box the size of a small apartment  shipping crate so we only had to worry about ourselves, and the crate ACTUALLY showing up on time. Through a scheduling snafu, the crate did arrive early, but better than super late or not at all.

It was determined through many friends and colleagues that THE place we needed to visit was Swan’s Oyster Bar on Post street. So after settling in at the hotel and figuring out how to catch the bus on the trusty ipad, we were off!! Drooling all the way there, we were bummed on arrival because Swan’s closed at 5, and it was now close to 7. Nuts. After poking our noses in windows of a few different places, we settled on a small family run sushi joint called Nara just a door down from Swan’s. Of course, the usual rolls and goodies you’d expect to find at a sushi bar were present, but they had a knack for off the wall combinations, with great names like New Girlfriend and Victoria’s Secret. And OH MAN, was it GOOOOOOOOOOOD! And not horrendously expensive either (that part comes later in the trip). Check it out here if you are curious….Nara Sushi

Thursday was an “off” day, where we could explore the city and take in some sights. Being the Ferrari Tifosi that I am, Rando granted me a trip to the Ferrari store in Downtown SF, with a short jaunt to the killer fabric store Britex which has 4 floors of trims, fabric, upholstery, buttons, and more. That was truly sensory overload. Rando explored the finer stores like John Varvatos, and in typical Rando style had all the staff thinking he was a rockstar in from out of town. We also stopped in AllSaints, this 20-something designer clothing store with the most unbelievable decor either of us had ever seen. Completely industrial, but not overdone, and every detail thought out to perfection. Vintage early 1900’s sewing machines lined the windows, and giant gears and spools from weaving machines long gone punctuated the rooms. The decor was so awesome that I can honestly tell you I don’t recall what the clothing really looked like or what to compare it to, because it paled compared to the decor.

Lunch found us back at Swan’s, and waiting in line. At home, waiting in line for a restaurant means you picked the wrong time to go to (insert your favorite icky chain place here). At Swan’s it means the best is worth waiting for. I can truly say I have NEVER EVER had a dining experience like Swan’s. You sit at the counter, diner style, and the inside of the joint (and I mean JOINT!) hasn’t changed since easily the 50’s with handwritten signs for pricing, an ACTUAL cash register complete with KA-CHING! and fun calculating sounds, stools from the 30’s, and a sign on the restroom/broom closet that says “Le Pissuer”.  No fancy menus, no places to use your laptop, nothing. And you know what? People didn’t do those things there! They joked with the ornery staff, talked with complete strangers, inquired how the “boy” (young family member on the staff) was doing in school…but these weren’t all locals at the bar, there were guests who had come from across the country, and even across the world to eat there. We befriended some Spainards from Barcelona on our visit, and had a great conversation with delectable food. Hands down, the favorite was the scallop sashimi, which was like no kind of sashimi or sea food I’d ever had before. You literally heard angels when you ate it. Really.Swan's in SF

Mixer plate

That evening we hooked up with Rex Ray, a well established artist and just fun guy to hang with. You really should go check out his stuff here, because he’s got some amazing pieces in his collection currently. Rex is a guy who’s very comfortable in what he likes, and has no bones telling you! With his wry sense of humor and down to earth sarcasm, dinner was a treat and very relaxing, and his recommendation for Italian at Bar Bambino was spot on. This wasn’t your typical spaghetti and meatballs place, this is what you’d get in italy in some small town where the locals go. I picked a goat cheese filled gnocci, which was light as a feather and unbelievably flavorful for such a basic dish. The gelatto was out of this world, and a fight almost broke out early on over the proscuitto and cheese plate. That evening was spent in food bliss to prepare for our big day of setting up the booth.

Just proving that no matter where you go, a bit of home follows you, Randy found a coffee place just down the way from the hotel called Vega, which the owner is a vintage scooter nut, and had raced at our track in Erie, Colorado. Partially disassembled Lambrettas lined the back room, and we have to say this was the best coffee we had the whole trip. Double the fun, Vega is also the name of my 3 1/2 year old itty bitty cat, you can compare pictures below! Lattes from Vega kept us going most of the trip, and we were very happy to find such a treat so close to the hotel!

Vega says it's rough running a Coffee bar in SF...nap time!

Coming up in our next post…It’s SHOW TIME!!!

We’re going to the opening reception of

We’re going to the opening reception of Galleries at the Center at the Arvada Center for the arts…ARE YOU??

Prouvé RAW debuts at z|modern & z|art dept. this Friday!

If you haven’t heard the news, z|modern is one of only 6 retailers in the nation to carry the Prouvé RAW collection of limited edition works by G-Star. We are debuting the RAW line THIS FRIDAY at our opening reception at z|art dept., from 5-9pm. In addition to the Prouvé how, we also will be showcasing a collection of some truly amazing American Art Pottery, and have extended the Al Wynne exhibition to January 28th. Many of you were regrettably unable to attend the Al Wynne show thus far due to the holidays, and this is a show you don’t want to miss!

Visit z|art dept at 1136 North Speer this Friday from 5-9pm for our opening reception of the Prouvé RAW collection!

Check out this great article from GQ about the Prouvé RAW collection…available ONLY at z|modern!!

This Just In: Jean Prouvé by G-Star RAW for Vitra

On September 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM


When we first saw digital images of G-Star’s reinterpretations of classic Jean Prouvé designs for Vitra, we knew we’d be there for opening night of the pop-up shop in the Meatpacking District. What we didn’t know is that we’d run into G-Star’s global brand director, Shubhankar Ray, who took us on a whirlwind tour of topics from selling sex to stellar solutions for everyday life. Oh yeah, and we also saw some amazing furniture.


The GQ Eye: So you guys clearly admire Prouvé’s work…

Shubhankar Ray: This is the first time he’s really been spotlighted like this, in association with a brand. Everyone has heard of the Eames chair, but very few people are familiar with Prouvé. One of the cornerstones of his philosophy, as we interpreted it, was functionality above all else. Of course, the pieces are beautiful, but their core is usefulness and practical enjoyment.

GQ: And your association with, and decision to work with Vitra?

Ray: It’s turned out quite amazingly, because Vitra also happens to be fucking maniacal about functionality, and the use of raw materials, and about creating modern pieces that enhance everyday existence. Speaking from our brand’s perspective, we can relate, because we’re a modern denim company. We don’t have archives of stuff to pull from, we’re about creating solutions for today.

GQ: Give us an example of how you put your own twists on the pieces…

Ray: The challenge when working with pieces you already love and admire, is you’re hesitant to change too much. We simply wanted to make small tweaks that update the pieces for today’s world: doing canvas instead of leather so the pieces are more affordable, and widening the sitting areas on chairs to allow for more comfort. We’re about democratizing these elements of brilliant design so that everyone can enjoy them. When you make a purchase like this, [points to a gorgeous stainless steel dining room table] it’s for life. Our goal is functional and visual longevity; everything ages seamlessly and beautifully.

GQ: Anything else we should know?

Ray: I spent some time at Levi’s, and we essentially created a campaign that told young men and women they’d have more sex if they wore our jeans. I’m not going to promise you you’ll have more sex if you buy our Prouvé collection; I’d be lying. That being said, we’re very happy with how the project turned out.

The Prouvé RAW pop-up shop is located in the Vitra store at 29 9th Avenue, downstairs. It will be up through the 26th of September.

Read More

Need a really secure vacation condo? I m

Need a really secure vacation condo? I mean REALLY secure? Check out these lux pads built in a missile silo!

Some quality individuals out there…

Ok, so this article should be filed under WTF for sure…

Colorado woman accused of damaging $30 million painting

ReutersBy Keith Coffman | Reuters – 2 hrs 11 mins ago

DENVER (Reuters) – A 36-year-old woman was accused of causing $10,000 worth of damage to a painting by the late abstract expressionist artist Clyfford Still, a work valued at more than $30 million, authorities said on Wednesday.

A police report said Carmen Tisch punched and scratched the painting, an oil-on-canvas called “1957-J no.2”, at the recently opened Clyfford Still museum in Denver and pulled her pants down to slide her buttocks against it.

Tisch was charged with felony criminal mischief on Wednesday and has been held on a $20,000 bond since the incident in late December, said Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Kimbrough said Tisch urinated after she rubbed up against the canvas, but whether urine got on the painting was still under investigation, she said.

Born in North Dakota in 1904, Still was considered one of the most influential of the American post-World War Two abstract expressionist artists, although he was not as well known as others such as Jackson Pollock.

Still died in 1980, and the city of Denver worked for years with his widow, Patricia, to secure the single-artist museum. She died in 2005, and her husband’s collection was bequeathed to the city.

Four of Still’s works were auctioned by Sotheby’s last year for $114 million to endow the Denver museum, which opened with much fanfare in November.

Because Still closely guarded his works, most of the pieces at his namesake museum had not previously been displayed.

Tisch will be formally advised of the charges on Friday, Kimbrough said.

Now, here’s a good question….If Clyfford Still was alive today to witness what this individual did, what do you think his response would have been?? Click on our poll and let us know what you think Clyfford would have done!!


Check out these amazing staircases…gre

Check out these amazing staircases…great design!

Recently seen o…

Recently seen on yahoo…

Porsche-designed condo lifts owners and cars to high-rise homes

By Justin Hyde | Yahoo! Autos – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 6:29 PM EST


Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The big problem for builders of luxury homes in the cities where wealthy people choose to live is the sheer lack of space, especially for parking a small fleet of vehicles. Which is why one Miami Beach condo developer plans to build a new skyscraper with a robotic parking deck built in.

The $560-million Porsche Design Tower project as described by the Miami Herald will allow owners to ride their vehicles into a robotic elevator system that drops them and their vehicles at their doorstep. The condos were designed by Porsche Design Group, a spinoff of the German automaker that lends its style to everything from office complexes to cellphones. (Developer Gil Dezer also has Porsche body panels mounted on his walls.)

The condo will have 132 units over 57 stories, with larger units sporting up to four parking spaces per unit. Porsche didn’t have to go far for inspiration, as the tower is similar in design to Volkswagen’s Autostadt in Wolfsberg, Germany, shown above, a 20-story robotic parking garage that VW uses to deliver cars to new buyers. Really, it’s the only way to valet.

Robert Delaney on Al Wynne

From small seeds, great trees grow.

In about 1934, the twelve-year old Al Wynne watched as an itinerate calligrapher, in exchange for a penny, wrote out his name in beautiful lettering. This small event inspired Al’s great art career. Within the year, Al was studying watercolor at the Broadmoor Academy in Colorado Springs.

At the time the school was a hotbed of art activity and is today a legend in Colorado’s art history. Artists including Robert Reid, Ernest Lawson, Randall Davey and Boardman Robinson, painted, taught and helped guide a new generation to artistic prominence.

“Robinson made me want to be a painter,” Al has said, and that early desire has lasted his lifetime. In 1940, when he graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School, Al had progressed from watercolors to oils.

Al enrolled at the University of Denver, and in the 1940s, he worked under the tutelage of noted artists such as John Edward Thompson, Watson Bidwell and Carl Fracassini. In 1942 he left D.U. to enlist in the service, piloting planes in World War II.

In 1946, with the war over, Al returned to D.U. and continued his studies there. He again worked with Fracassini, and also took classes from the famous Vance Kirkland. Soon after though, he left D.U. and followed Fracassini to Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. There he received his bachelor’s degree in 1948.

By this time, Al was an accomplished artist. He was a painter, print-maker, wood carver and sculptor. These talents no doubt helped him woo his wife Louise Doughty, the daughter of a Methodist minister. Louise, known as Lou, was an accomplished ceramics student at Wesleyan. They were married in 1951 and have three children—Marsea, Cosette and John.

Both continued to pursue their studies. Lou stayed on in Mount Pleasant while Al went to Iowa City where he did graduate work at the University of Iowa, earning a masters of arts in 1952.

With their respective degrees in hand, Al and Lou traveled, taught and built their art careers. About a decade later they settled in Black Forest, Colorado, north of Colorado Springs. Both taught art; Al at Colorado College, and at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs Campus, where he founded the fine art department; and Lou in the public schools. Together they established their own art school in 1963. Called “The New Arts-Crafts School”, it was operated out of their shared studio in Black Forest.

By this time, Al was an established professional artist with a substantial career. In 1971, he gave up teaching to concentrate fulltime on his painting. Over the years he has been the subject of dozens of exhibitions and had received the recognition of his peers in Colorado and throughout the Western region.

At heart, though a painter by profession, Al still considers himself a calligrapher, where his life’s aesthetic journey began all those many years ago. And though his fame was forged a half century ago, in recent years he has been discovered by a new generation, and this exhibit at Z Art Department is the most recent evidence of that.

–Robert Delaney on Al Wynne

z|modern and z|art department are pleased to announce their latest display of fantastic Colorado art, A to Z by artist Al Wynne.  The show will kick off with an exhibition opening at z|art department tonight, November 11th, from 5-9pm.  We invite all of you to attend; feel free to bring friends as well!

Droog & Atellier Bow-Wow: A NEW HOTEL

Droog & Atellier Bow-Wow: A NEW HOTEL.