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Tom Wesselmann's First Solo Show

Tom Wesselmann's First Solo Show

When artist Alex Katz visited Tom Wesselmann’s small New York studio for the first time in 1961 he wasn’t sure what to expect. The two had known each other from a painting trip to Green Camp when Wesselmann was a second year student at Cooper Union. He was only then transitioning from being a cartoonist to a painter and now Katz had heard from art critic Henry Geldzahler that Wesselmann was doing collages.

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The DAM's Art Storage Gets an Upgrade

The DAM's Art Storage Gets an Upgrade

The Denver Art Museum’s new staff office building not only houses more than 100 staff members, but it’ll also soon be home to parts of our permanent collection. The DAM’s collections management team has begun to move art from a temporary storage space in the North Building into the new, purpose-built Bannock collections storage area this month.

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5 Things You Can Learn from Claire Wesselmann

5 Things You Can Learn from Claire Wesselmann

On Wednesday, July 9, artist Tom Wesselmann's widow, Claire, will be in conversation with Denver Art Museum master teacher for modern and contemporary art Danielle Stephens. Studio manager of the Tom Wesselmann estate, Jeffrey Sturges, will join them for a discussion about Tom Wesselmann and the retrospective of his work that opens at the DAM on July 13.

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Tom Wesselmann Breaks from Abstraction

Tom Wesselmann Breaks from Abstraction

“The challenge for an artist is always to find your own way of doing something.” – Tom Wesselmann, Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum

We’ve all experienced it at one time or another. That feeling of envy you get when you see or hear something so wonderful, so inspiring that you wish YOU had been the creator. This is the moment that defined artist Tom Wesselmann is where his retrospective begins.

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5 Defining Moments for Artist Tom Wesselmann

5 Defining Moments for Artist Tom Wesselmann

This summer the Denver Art Museum will showcase the work of artist Tom Wesselmann, who is best known for his role in the development of pop art in the 1960s. Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective follows the evolution of the artist’s work through the course of four decades. This five-part blog series is designed to complement the exhibition by calling out five defining moments that shaped Wesselmann’s approach to artmaking.

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  Call for Posters: <em>Giving Voice</em> Exhibition & Fundraiser

Call for Posters: Giving Voice Exhibition & Fundraiser

Giving Voice, an annual poster exhibition at Access Gallery in Denver, opens on Friday, July 18, and could feature your social justice poster. Artists, graphic designers, illustrators, and other creatives are invited to donate a design to be featured in and sold during the exhibition. All proceeds fund the Giving Voice program and Access Gallery.

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Summer is…You Fill in the Blank at the Denver Art Museum

Summer is…You Fill in the Blank at the Denver Art Museum

Update: Check out our handy dandy guide for photos of the many ways Summer is... has brought the Denver community together.

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10 Cosas Divertidas que Pueden Hacer las Familias en el DAM

10 Cosas Divertidas que Pueden Hacer las Familias en el DAM

¿Estás planeando visitar el Denver Art Museum pronto? Hemos preparado algunas sugerencias de lugares y cosas divertidas que tú y tu familia pueden ver y hacer cuando nos visiten.

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 10 Fun Things for Families to Do at the DAM

10 Fun Things for Families to Do at the DAM

Planning a visit to the Denver Art Museum soon? We put together some suggestions for fun things you and your family can see and do while you’re here.

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13 Quotes from Artist Tom Wesselmann

13 Quotes from Artist Tom Wesselmann

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.

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6-Year-Old Art Enthusiast Makes Contribution to the DAM

6-Year-Old Art Enthusiast Makes Contribution to the DAM

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.

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Start Your Summer Journey with OhHeckYeah at Untitled #68 (Nomad)

Start Your Summer Journey with OhHeckYeah at Untitled #68 (Nomad)

June 26 Update: Here is the program (PDF) for this month's Untitled.

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Summer is Outdoor Sculpture Maintenance Time at the DAM

Summer is Outdoor Sculpture Maintenance Time at the DAM

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 maintenanceincluding washing, waxing, and repaintingto 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.

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Father's Day Gifts at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum

Father's Day Gifts at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum

Check out our slideshow of top gifts for dads! Whether your father is an art lover, foodie, world traveler, design aficionado, bookworm, businessman or cyclist, you're sure to find a great present at The Shop at the Denver Art Museum.

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Singing, Dancing, Flips & Fox Games with Capoeira Denver at CelebrARTE

Singing, Dancing, Flips & Fox Games with Capoeira Denver at CelebrARTE

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.

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Eat, Drink & Be Married at the Denver Art Museum
Artist on Artist Series

Artist on Artist Series

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.

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Artist on Artist: Lea Wells on Paul Gauguin

Artist on Artist: Lea Wells on Paul Gauguin

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."

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Artist on Artist: Chuck Ceraso on Vincent Van Gogh

Artist on Artist: Chuck Ceraso on Vincent Van Gogh

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.

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7 Free Things to Do with Your DAM Membership This Summer

7 Free Things to Do with Your DAM Membership This Summer

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.

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Create, Build & Imagine at the New Shop in the North Building

Create, Build & Imagine at the New Shop in the North Building

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.

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13 Feet of Pollock—How We Installed the Large Artwork (Video)

13 Feet of Pollock—How We Installed the Large Artwork (Video)

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.

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DAM Members Group Visits The Met, Central Park, Dana Schutz's Gallery & More

DAM Members Group Visits The Met, Central Park, Dana Schutz's Gallery & More

A group of The Museum Associate members of the DAM recently returned from a whirlwind trip to New York. They saw The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925, just before it closed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and made its way to Denver.

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Celebrate Summer with Urban Campfires & More on May 31 at the DAM

Celebrate Summer with Urban Campfires & More on May 31 at the DAM

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.

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