Margaretta Gilboy (1943-2017) was a much acclaimed and influential artist whose work — though often described as realist — defies easy classification. Working primarily in oil and watercolor, Gilboy created paintings brimming with a seemingly incongruous and occasionally off-kilter deployment of objects both Eastern and Western. Her expertly and tenderly painted still lifes and portraits owe much of their sophistication to an oblique dialogue between art-historical masterpieces and objects of quotidian domesticity. Gilboy knowingly incorporates a play between objects deeply suffused with emotive and psycho-spiritual energies and ordinary objects of decorative craft or mass-production.
Although she was heavily influenced by Asian philosophy, spirituality, and art, her paintings of people are palpably physical and vibrantly earth-bound. Her paintings of puppets and dolls are also linked to portraiture—they grant humanity to inanimate objects, in turn allowing us to engage with the object as if it were generating a real world of expressive complexity. The commingling of Modernism, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and Asian influences, particularly Japanese woodblock prints, shaped her artistic point of view and provide the cohesive tension that informs and animates her remarkable work.
About Guest Curator Simon Zalkind
Simon Zalkind is a Denver-based curator, art advisor, and art writer. He was previously the Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York and Assistant Curator of Collections at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York. From 1991–1996, Zalkind was the Director of the Art in Public Places Program for the State of Colorado. He has been instrumental in guiding and forming a number of significant private and corporate collections, and he has curated major exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Museum of Art Fort Collins, The Singer Gallery, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, and numerous other institutions. He currently serves as Curator of Exhibitions at the Fulginiti Gallery, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Denver Art Museum’s “DAM Key Award,” which is presented annually to individuals who “have dramatically impacted the contemporary art community in Colorado.”
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Nicky Wolman & David Fulker, Sue Schweppe, Art Students League of Denver, Nancy Maron, Barbara & Bud Shark, Joanne & Ron Katz, City of Boulder, Boulder Arts Commission, Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.
Upcoming exhibition events
1/30/20 Opening Reception
2/23/20 When Evening Falls: A Conversation with Stacey Steers
2/27/20 Conversation with Barbara Shark & Simon Zalkind
3/8/20 Margaretta Gilboy – Literal or Not?
4/2/20 Behind the Lens: Walking Tour with Stacey Steers & Kim Dickey
4/4/20 Collage Construction: Memory and Metaphor Workshop with Stacey Steers
4/19/20 Margaretta Gilboy – How Real Is This Picture?
5/9/20 Margaretta Gilboy – Is That Really Me?