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"Randy Roberts is a bohemian's bohemian, so it's surprising to some that he's also clearly an art connoisseur. A couple of years ago, he added z|art department to his mini-modernist shopping center on Speer Boulevard that also includes Zeitgeist and z|modern, shops devoted to vintage and contemporary design, respectively. As can be inferred by its name, z|art department sells art — but the name doesn't hint at the broad range of Colorado artists you can find here. The gallery has devoted solos to Al Wynne, Herbert Bayer, Dale Chisman, Edward Marecak, Roland Detre, Winter Prather and others. And while shows at places like the Kirkland feature works that have already been snatched up by somebody else, at z|art department you can still snag some masterpieces for yourself."

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Z Art Department

z|art department presents


 Raymond Jonson


June 5th-July 27th

Opening Reception 5-7pm
June 6th


z|art dept. and Addison Rowe Gallery in Santa Fe have collaborated to bring you an exciting new show!


Raymond Jonson is best known as the co-founder of the Transcendental Painters Group that was formed in Taos in 1938. Jonson settled in New Mexico in 1924 to paint the landscape. Prior to this move, he lived in Chicago and studied with his mentor B.J.O. Nordfeldt at the Chicago Art Institute. The Armory Show Exhibition of 1913, traveled to Chicago and changed Jonson's life. This show gave him the opportunity to view fist hand the work of Cezanne and Picabia. The free form of nature in stylized forms and shapes they used in their artistry broke open his view on to capture the rugged landscape of New Mexico.


Jonson's interest in theatrical stage design and lighting led him to study the creative possibilities of greatly simplified settings which lead to his stylized form of painting evident in his New Mexico works of the 1924-27. During this period his artwork was based on abstract natural forms and graduated arrangements of colored planes. These pictures were realistic in the sense that certain physical conditions were suggested, but he used repetition of similar shapes to vitalize his canvases. The mechanistic and geometric quality of Jonson's early images reflect the formal components of the local landscape as it is reduced to a diagram of lava and sandstone molded into streamlined shapes.


The artist often referred to himself as an "evangelist" for modernist art in New Mexico and that "if our age leaves anything to posterity in art it will be the abstract."




Save the Date!


Raymond Jonson runs June 5th to July 27th, with an Opening Reception at z|art dept. on June 6th from 5-7pm. 
z|art dept. is located at 1136 N. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204. Please call 303.298.8432 for more information.


Hours: Thurs - Sat 11-5, or by appointment


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