The reviews are in and the consensus is: you don't want to miss Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The exhibition, which closes June 8, features so many important masterworks that exhibition curator Dean Sobel likens it to Art History 101.
It showcases works by a who's who of twentieth-century artists—such as Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and Paul Gauguin—and has garnered a litany of superlatives.
What the media is saying about Modern Masters:
“These are some of the most important works of art to have ever been shown in Colorado. Do not miss this show.” – Michael Paglia, Westword
"Pollock's 1952 Convergence, a massive, 8-foot by 13-foot mash-up of yellow, red, blue and brown drips, is stunning on a wall by itself. Joan Miró's 1925 Carnival of Harlequin, a surreal assemblage of clowns, cats, fish, eyeballs and bugs, is mesmerizing.” — Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post
“The DAM exhibit is dazzling, spectacular, breathtaking, unbelievable—use any superlative, and you'd be right.”- John Hazlehurst, Colorado Springs Independent
“The experience? In a word, exhilarating.” — Josh Rhoten, Wyoming Tribune Eagle
It's not just critics who are enjoying Modern Masters. Here are a few of the quotes visitors have shared with us:
“Each time I view the exhibition, I find a new favorite.” — Cori Medler, Denver, CO
“I really loved the surrealist works, especially the Dalí with the double imagery.”— Presley Bailey, Denver, CO
“I loved the Frida. We just don’t see a lot of Frida Kahlo and it’s a rare opportunity.” — Janice Zelazo, Boulder, CO
“I loved the exhibition and learned a lot from both the adult and children’s audio tour.”— Anne Cummings, Denver, CO
“My daughter’s a ballerina. Looking at these paintings and learning about free drawing; I finally understood what it must be for her to lose herself in dance.” — Ronda Ruth, Savannah, GA
“I loved seeing the impressionist artists at the beginning of the exhibition." — Ray Gagne, Colorado Springs, CO
“I very much enjoyed the beginning of the exhibit, showing the artists at work. It gave you a preview of what you were going to see. I liked the descriptions of the different fields of art as you went through. It helped you zero in on what they were doing.”— Mary Jo Tranter, Morton Grove, IL
“My favorite part of the exhibit was the first section-the comparison of the Pisarro and the Riley.” — Charlotte Gagne, Colorado Springs, CO
Learn more about Modern Masters and use #ModernMasters in social media to tell us about your visit.
Update: Some of the images referred to in this blog post have been removed following the close of Modern Masters at the Denver Art Museum. Please visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Collection search page to find the related artworks. This appeared on this post while the exhibition was open:
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Head—Red and Yellow, 1962. Oil on canvas; 48 x 48 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1962. © 2014 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photograph by Tom Loonan.