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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 3:20 PM


“Guernica” inspired work highlighted at “A Little Piece of Picasso”
Exhibit runs March 15- April 19 at Access Gallery

(Denver) Artist Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying “a good artist copies, a great artist steals.” One of Picasso’s most famous works, the politically motivated work entitled “Guernica” was painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi's devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War. Access Gallery Resident artist Javier Flores and his team of artworks artists was angered that in December of 2012, the US blocked a United Nations treaty to ban discrimination against people with disabilities. Their immediate reaction was to channel their feelings into the creation of the 14 foot long “Guernica” inspired piece entitled “REALLY?” that depicts Braille writing, a blind person and his guide dog and Bob Dole rolling over in his grave (he was instrumental in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act).

Artists from VSA Colorado’s ArtWorks program are exhibiting this powerful piece, and other works influenced by the prolific artist in “A Little Piece of Picasso” running March 15–April 19, 2013 at Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive. The show runs in conjunction with the DCPA’s theatric production of “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso” at The Ricketson Theatre in Denver. Playwright Herbert Siguenza and his creative team will be at the opening reception to meet and greet visitors to the exhibit.

The public is invited to view and purchase work during regular gallery hours Tuesday-Thursday 10am-5pm and during the following special events.

Opening & Artist Reception/Meet the Playwright – March 15, 5-8pm
First Friday April, 5, 5-8 pm
Closing Reception – April 19, 5-8 pm

In preparation, the ArtWorks artists studied Picasso paintings, sculptures and quotes as they looked into the creative mind of one of the most controversial and flamboyant artists of all time. Then, using street art, graffiti, and stencils as the mediums, the artists re-visited some of Picasso’s greatest pieces, giving them a modern twist. Participating artists include Javier Flores, Alan Marquez, Irvin Villasenor, Tony Torres, A.J. Kiel, Luiza Martin and Jareth Charles,

The play “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso,” is a conversation with Picasso about the pressure he is feeling over a weekend to produce work very quickly to satisfy the world’s growing appetite for his work. Drawing on the writings of iconic artist Pablo Picasso, Playwright/performer Herbert Siguenza of LA’s Culture Clash creates a spirited celebration of the prolific artist’s life, featuring a sparkling portrayal—and live, onstage painting. The play runs March 22 -April 28, 2013 at The Ricketson Theatre in Denver.

The ArtWorks Program helps teens develop economic opportunities and solid, marketable job skills to help manage their disability or other challenges and become more self-sufficient.

Additionally the “Studio Gallery” at Access is hosting "Homage" a study of another Spanish Artist, Eduardo Chillida. Adults with developmental disabilities from the Colorado Easter Seals Society Explorers Group studied Chillida for 8 weeks and then created works to pay homage to this unique artist. The contrast between the graphic colorful images, in the Picasso inspired show and the subdued nature of the works paying homage to Chillida make for a wonderful contrast.

VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the arts. The gallery is located at 909 Santa Fe Drive, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe and welcomes visitors Tuesday-Thursday 10am-5pm and First Fridays until 5-8 pm. For more information call 303-777-0797 or visit www[dot]accessgallery[dot]org.

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