Michael Dowling Explores Modern Frontiers in True West

January 20, 2020 Posted In

Westword, written by Michael Paglia

The National Western Stock Show is one of Denver’s great annual events, attracting visitors from all over the country. In addition to attractions such as livestock competitions and rodeo events, the Stock Show includes the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, which is typically dominated by traditional realist works with Western themes, though there are some exceptions. Denver artist Michael Dowling, a realist though not a traditional one, has been included in that show in the past, but had also long wanted to present an alternative exhibit more focused on contemporary art by local artists. His dream has been realized in True West, a pop-up in a venue dubbed the 1821 Blake Street Gallery.

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