American artist Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) was one of the leading artists of the pop art movement in the 1960s. Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective, on view at the Denver Art Museum beginning July 13, will explore the creative journey of the artist from his earliest collages of the pop period to later steel-cut drawings that literally "pop" off the wall.More
Note: Check out summer activities at the Denver Art Museum to inspire you and your family and use the hashtag #FunAtTheDAM to show off your creations.
Not long after the opening of the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition Passport to Paris Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM, received an unusual package. The last thing he expected to find inside of the manila envelope was a priceless piece of art.More
If you visit the Denver Art Museum this summer, you might see our conservators and interns busy with maintenance of the outdoor sculptures on the museum’s campus. Many of the sculptures need annual maintenance—including washing, waxing, and repainting—to withstand Colorado’s climate extremes and keep looking their best. Feel free to stop by and talk with us about what we’re up to.More
With the FIFA World Cup about to begin, many of us Latinos are thinking of Brazil. If we can’t be in Brazil to see fútbol live, at least we can imagine we are there with some Brazilian capoeira (pronounced cop-away-ra) at CelebrARTE: Tropical with Vampiro and Capoeira Denver. Before then, I thought we’d get to know them a little better.More
There are still spots available in the 2014 summer classes and camps at the Denver Art Museum for those looking to add a bit of art into their summer itinerary. Listed below are the morning and afternoon classes and one all-day camp that still had spots available as of this morning. You can follow the links for a better idea of what kids will do in the program.
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Each summer the Denver Art Museum hosts weeklong summer camps and classes that seek to encourage kids’ imaginations to run wild.
More than a dozen of the 2014 classes and camps are full. However, there are still spots available for those looking to add a bit of art into their summer itinerary. Listed below are the morning and afternoon classes and one all-day camp that still had spots available as of this morning. You can follow the links for a better idea of what kids will do in the program.More
The DAM is publishing a series of interviews with local artists about how they were inspired or influenced by artists whose work is on view at the museum. The first blog posts focused on Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Image credit: Lea Wells, Sail. Courtesy of the artist.More
Lea Wells grew up on a barrier island, surfing, swimming with sea turtles, and running around in flip flops. Now, she skis, hikes mountains, and wears snow boots. She has a background in graphic design and advertising, but mainly likes to create art that inspires and helps others. According to Lea, "Someone once said I create small characters that are big on emotion, and I like that."More
Chuck Ceraso's lineage traces back to the French and American impressionists through his teacher, Henry Hensche. Hensche was the student and protégé of Charles Hawthorne. Hawthorne, after painting with William Merritt Chase and Claude Monet, started the first art school, in 1900, devoted to the color discoveries of the impressionists. When Hawthorne died in 1930, he left the school and teaching to Hensche, who continued and further developed the teaching until his death in 1992.More
The Denver Art Museum's 2014 summer calendar is jam-packed with fun for all ages. Read below for examples of ways you can enjoy yourself this summer at the DAM. And, if you're a member, all seven ideas are free.
1. Celebrate Sculpture with Summer in 3-D
Members get unlimited free general admission, so visit often this summer and help us celebrate sculpture.More
The Shop at the Denver Art Museum is excited to launch an expanded selection of creative products for children, families, and the young at heart. We have completely transformed the Shop in the North Building. Beginning May 30 shelves will be full of supplies and kits that will spark imagination in kids of all ages.More
As part of Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, we had the pleasure of installing a very large and impressive Jackson Pollock painting. Considered to be one of Pollock’s finest drip paintings, Convergence is eight feet tall and thirteen feet long. It also has a very minimal frame, a “strip frame,” as so many paintings from this time period do. The painting’s large size and lack of a substantial frame presented a unique set of challenges and required us to take special care in its handling and installation.More
On May 31, a series of home-grown and handcrafted gathering places will be popping up on Martin Plaza offering a spot for visitors to relax and enjoy the summer sun. This project is the result of an open call the DAM put out in the Denver area last fall, seeking local artists/architects to conceive of and build a sculptural installation for the busy plaza space.More
How to turn found objects into katsina figures and more.More
Near the end of Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery at the Denver Art Museum there’s a small section (only three paintings and two sculptures), titled “Monochrome, Minimalism, and Meditation.” It immediately follows the galleries devoted to the grand, gestural works of Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, and the other abstract expressionists.More
Fascinated by science and technology, Lucio Fontana refused to think of science and art as two distinct entities. First known for his sculptures, it wasn’t until 1949, at the age of 48, that Fontana explored the style of 'spatial concepts' that he is most well-known for today. From that time on, Fontana began using “concetto spaziale” (spatial concepts) accompanied by a secondary, or more referential word or term. These 2-D pieces were characterized by holes, slashes, or cuts through the canvas surface.More
“I tried to keep the paint as good as it was in the can.” American artist Frank Stella first gained the attention of the art world with his “Black Paintings,” which he created between 1958 and 1960. The compositions of these paintings fall into one of two groups: the earlier paintings are rectilinear and the later ones are based on a diamond pattern.More