If you’re traveling to Denver this summer, check out The Art hotel, which opened in June 2015. Developed by Corporex Companies and philanthropist Lanny Martin, who also chairs Denver Art Museum's board of trustees, The Art is the first luxury hotel in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. The neighborhood is home to the Denver Art Museum, the History Colorado Center, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and a variety of art galleries. Corporex hopes the hotel will serve as a catalyst for revitalizing the area, which was hit hard during the recession, and draw more attention to the arts in Denver.
Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum, is now the in-house curator at The Art. The hotel's art collection boasts a “who’s who” of modern art, including Tracey Emin, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Leo Villareal, and Andy Warhol. Some of the most notable pieces are LeWitt’s massive tri-color piece that greets guests as they enter the hotel and Villareal’s light show that flashes patterns on the ceiling of the outdoor portico. There are bronze horses, avant-garde videos playing on the elevators, and more. Off the elevators, each floor will display a modern artist’s original piece, and the artist’s works and color palette will translate into each guest room. “Every piece was predicated by a desire to say something about the specialness of Colorado…” said Vanderlip in an interview with Condé Nast Traveler.
“Some hotels just use decorations or cheap facsimile art,” artist Mary Ehrin, who was commissioned to create a sculpture for the hotel, told Colorado Public Radio. “Using real great art is important because strong work inspires strong discussion.”
The Art also includes a high-end restaurant, a bar with an outdoor terrace, and two floors of leasable office space.
Photo courtesy of The Art hotel.