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What’s Happening: The Denver Post Features Black Cube

Jan 13 2021

The Denver Post recognized Black Cube‘s unique nomadic approach to contemporary art as the nonprofit celebrates its’ five-year anniversary. Author Ray Mark Rinaldi highlighted the due to Black Cube’s ability to be nimble without the confines of gallery walls, the organization is able to bring ambitious artworks to new, sometimes odd locations, encouraging the public to engage with art and the artist that create it.

Founded by philanthropist and artist, Laura Merage, Black Cube honors her vision of supporting artists while ensuring that the public has access to contemporary art. The David & Laura Merage Foundation has utilized their unique approach to supporting nonprofits, called venture philanthropy, incubating the organization with funding, business acumen, time, and resources. “No doubt, it takes more than cash to make an art enterprise wholly successful,” wrote Rinaldi.

With an artist-centered mission and endless open-mindedness towards how art can be conceptualized and executed, Cortney Lane Stell, Black Cube’s Chief Curator & Executive Director, provides artists with curatorial support to bring a site-specific artwork to life. “You can do is anywhere in the world. You just have to do it in 18 months and we have to figure out how to fund it,” stated Stell. Black Cube has worked with 14 Artist Fellows to date, selecting new fellows each year to create these ambitious artworks and push the needle on their artistic career. Showcasing their works in obscure and sometimes unassuming locations, from a water treatment plant to the Venice Biennale, Black Cube Artist Fellows engage diverse audiences in a new way.

In honor of the organization’s first 5 years, Black Cube recently self-published a book providing details about the artists, artworks, and Black Cube’s unique “commitment to the artist, not the artwork” that Stell and Black Cube live by. The 312-page book is an easy read and documents a new, crucial era in Denver culture. Although Black Cube isn’t the first or only visual arts organization without a permanent space, it is unique to Denver and discusses the importance of this national movement that is transforming the way in which we engage with art in the 21st century. To purchase a book, visit Black Cube, and know that your contribution is supporting the artists it presents.

Read the full article here and learn more about Black Cube.