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Tom Wesselmann Finds a New Medium

Tom Wesselmann Finds a New Medium

“I’ve just had the best year of my life,” Tom Wesselmann said in a 1985 interview with The New York Times. “I always work in a kind of near ecstasy, anyway, but there’s really been something about the new work that grabbed me.”

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Wesselmann Wrote Country Music? This & Other Double Takes at Untitled #69 (Uncharted)

Wesselmann Wrote Country Music? This & Other Double Takes at Untitled #69 (Uncharted)

The Untitled summer journey continues on July 25 with Untitled #69 (Uncharted). This month is not so much about venturing into uncharted territory as it is about revisiting what we think we already know. Case in point: pop artist Tom Wesselmann, the subject of the Denver Art Museum’s latest exhibition Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective. Wesselmann is best known as a painter—his claim to fame is his series Great American Nude.

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Access Gallery Poster Exhibition Gives Voices to Teens (Photos)

Access Gallery Poster Exhibition Gives Voices to Teens (Photos)

Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives is closed briefly for a new rotation of works, but in the meantime you can get your fill of social justice posters at Access Gallery in Denver's Art District on Santa Fe.

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The Denver Art Museum Welcomes a New Group of Tour Guides

The Denver Art Museum Welcomes a New Group of Tour Guides

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a tour guide at a museum or what a person has to do to become one?

One of the most rewarding parts of my job at the Denver Art Museum is having the opportunity to train and work with tour guides, or as we call them, docents. Training a new class of docents certainly requires a strong commitment from the institution in both staff time and resources as well as a strong commitment from docent mentors and provisional docents (docents in training), yet it’s well worth it in the end since it results in enriching our visitors’ experience.

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Family Audio Tours Help Visitors See More at the Denver Art Museum

Family Audio Tours Help Visitors See More at the Denver Art Museum

There’s more to visiting the Denver Art Museum than just looking.

Immersive multimedia experiences help guide visitors as they view a single piece of art or an entire exhibition. Among them are audio tours offered with several temporary exhibitions. These tours provide the larger story behind a given object within 90 seconds of sound.

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Wesselmann's Model & Muse Shares Memories with the Crowd at DAM Beyond Pop Art Preview

Wesselmann's Model & Muse Shares Memories with the Crowd at DAM Beyond Pop Art Preview

The Denver Art Museum is brimming with new exhibitions this summer. On July 10 we invited the media to see a sneak peek of Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective, opening July 13. Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM, Claire Wesselmann, the late artist’s model and muse, and Tom Wesselmann’s studio manager, Jeffrey Sturges, led the tour through the exhibition.

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Tom Wesselmann Takes a Vacation

Tom Wesselmann Takes a Vacation

With the success of his Great American Nude series in the early 1960s, Tom Wesselmann could finally afford a larger studio. With a new studio came larger work and longer hours. Wesselmann explained, “I couldn’t pull myself away from the studio when it came time to go home at night. My fingernails would literally scrape on the tableI didn’t want to leave. I would go home and lie in bed and plot what I was going to do the next day. I couldn’t wait to get back to the studio, and the next morning I would rush there. It became a circular frenzy.”

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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: Giving Voice 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