Plus Gallery celebrates a significant and very ecstatic milestone for Jenny Morgan as the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver hosts her first solo exhibition at a major contemporary museum. Morgan is an artist that we have always revered and supported through our exhibition program and ongoing career development over the last twelve years. She resides as a cornerstone in all that we have learned and valued in the field of contemporary art. Jenny’s talent and fortitude have been unwavering from the start, leading to some of the most exciting moments for any artist her age. She has maintained a pursuit that is highly personal yet universally approachable, consistently challenging while deeply effecting, and wildly thrilling for those who have passionately followed her every move. Fortunately there are many who fall into that category, including Wayne F. J. Yakes, MD, who has supported Jenny’s career in great depth and in a manner that defines pure patronage, collecting broadly not only some of the most of the most defining works from her oeuvre, but also some of her most rare and daring. The exhibition is made possible through Dr. Yakes’ generosity towards the MCA Denver and our arts community through a dedication to supporting artists from across history, the globe, and most significantly, those whose careers have launched from and continue to evolve in Colorado, a true rarity amongst major contemporary art collectors.
SKINDEEP will occupy MCA Denver’s first floor galleries during the summer months. Works from 2007-2009 that exemplify Morgan’s realistic portraiture occupy the first half of the David & Laura Merage Foundation Gallery, as well as works from the same period that showcase early formal experiments she made within the framework of portraiture. In the second half of the Merage Gallery are works that demonstrate the spiritual aspect of Morgan’s practice. The Atrium Gallery features five of Morgan’s paintings of celebrities, which together serve as a counterpoint to the rest of the works in the exhibition. The Luisa & Chris Law Gallery is dedicated to Morgan’s confrontational self-portraits. Join us in welcoming Jenny Morgan back to Denver for the Opening Reception on Friday May 26th from 6-9pm.
SKINDEEP is curated by Zoe Larkins and will be accompanied by a 52-page, full-color catalogue, published by MCA Denver.
Plus Gallery has enriched Denver’s contemporary art scene since 2001, providing one of the leading, reputable platforms for prestigious artist representation and exhibitions of note in the region. The gallery was previously located at the corner of 25th and Larimer in North Downtown Denver, a unique renovation undertaken by gallery owners Ivar and Karen Zeile of a remnant parcel of the Benjamin Moore Paint Factory. That singular redevelopment added a two-story gallery space to the dramatic architecture of the historic Benjamin Moore complex and served as a visual anchor for the entrance to the Upper Larimer corridor and River North Arts District. The Zeile’s sold the building in the fall of 2014, bringing their time in the Ballpark District full-circle as one of the most successful contemporary art ventures in the city. The gallery was named “Art Space of the Year” in 2009 by the Denver Post and most recently ranked Number four on the Denver Posts 2014 list of Top Galleries. The gallery has been profiled for its distinct architecture in 5280, Modern In Denver and Art Ltd. Plus Gallery is a member of the Denver Art Dealers Association and the River North Arts District. Gallery owner Ivar Zeile has served as the creative director for the Denver Theatre District since 2009. He initiated Denver Digerati in 2012 as a platform for advancing animation and motion-based art as new forms of public art via Denver’s unique LED screen inventory, a program that continues to evolve as one of the leading platforms of its kind in the world today. Plus Gallery currently operates privately in an advisory capacity with our clients, consultants and new collectors or corporations who are interested in developing a prestigious collection. All inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
Plus Gallery has released five major artist monographs to date: “Jenny Morgan: We are all setting suns” is a 180 page book that features the artist’s entire body of work from 2010 through May of 2012. “Jenny Morgan: New Territory” is a 240 page book featuring a comprehensive view of paintings by Jenny Morgan from the time she debuted in 2003 through her 2009 Plus Gallery and NYC exhibitions. “Xi Zhang: Dream Dusts” features the majority of Zhang’s paintings from the critically acclaimed exhibition 12921 through his astounding 2011 MFA thesis painting No One’s Wonderland, Form is Emptiness. The 184 page “Colin Livingston – Artist” offers an in-depth view of one of the gallery’s most outstanding, celebrated contemporary artists. The book covers Livingston’s last three solo exhibitions from between the years 2006 and 2013, ones that have engaged the gallery context in a most extraordinary fashion, presenting conceptual painting-based installations where the underlying message is distinct and multi-layered. Our most recent publication “Xi Zhang – Paintings 2014-2016” is the first in a new series of affordable artist profiles printed through blurb.com’s high quality Magazine format. The 116 page publication showcases Zhang’s most recent, expansive series of paintings “Metallic Leaf Garden” as well as the offshoot series “Golden Compass” and a compendium of test works “Mr. Vincent Munch.”