Weed art: Denver exhibits honor, and question, the marijuana revolution

Artists aren’t so quick to respond to social change. It’s not that they don’t care, of course, it’s just that art doesn’t work that way.

Conceiving and executing art — figuring out what to say and how to say it — take time. Add to that technical things, like printing, framing and paint-drying, and then logistics, like finding a spot on the schedule of a busy gallery.

So, it’s not that surprising that, more than a year after the legalization of marijuana, we are finally seeing multiple reflections on the cannabis revolution in formal exhibitions. David B. Smith Gallery is showing realistic portraits of pot plants by talented painter Paul Jacobsen. The Colorado Photographic Arts Center has a trio of artists in an exhibit that looks at the intersection of marijuana culture and commerce.

Paul Jacobsen creates his marijuana paintings from photos he takes at his cabin in...

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