'Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Works' at the Denver Art Museum

July 8, 2014 6:08 PM

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'Daniel Sprick's Fictions: Recent Works' at the Denver Art Museum

There is a well-known story about the painter Richard Diebenkorn that goes like this: one day in the early 1950s, when Diebenkorn was living and teaching in New Mexico, someone commented to him that he probably wasn't very good at realism. Stung into action, Diebenkorn tossed off a convincing portrait sketch of a nearby man and more than made his point: that he wasn't an abstract painter simply because he was incapable of traditional rendering. Diebenkorn was a complete painter, and he wasn't about to be let someone's assumptions about his limitations go unchallenged.

Daniel Sprick, whose work is now on view at the Denver Art Museum, has been creating paintings for more than a decade that make a similar point, but in reverse: any assumptions you make about his limits are very likely going to be wrong too. Sprick is an almost absurdly talented realist who it would...

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