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See a Bronze Pour & Save a Butterfly at Untitled #67 (Chain Reaction)

See a Bronze Pour & Save a Butterfly at Untitled #67 (Chain Reaction)

May 29 Update: Here is the program (PDF) for this month's Untitled.

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5 Things You Can Learn from Artist Brad Kahlhamer

5 Things You Can Learn from Artist Brad Kahlhamer

How to turn found objects into katsina figures and more.

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The Not-So-Simple Art of Frank Stella, Agnes Martin, Robert Irwin & Other Minimalists

The Not-So-Simple Art of Frank Stella, Agnes Martin, Robert Irwin & Other Minimalists

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.

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Q&A with Colorado's Barrio E': What's Behind the Drums

Q&A with Colorado's Barrio E': What's Behind the Drums

De Colores, the theme for this month’s CelebrARTE at the Denver Art Museum, is a traditional Latino song that celebrates the vibrancy of nature and the diversity that makes up our world. On May 18 Barrio E’ will show how Puerto Rican bomba and plena can help us come together as a community.

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Modern Masters Artist Profile: Lucio Fontana

Modern Masters Artist Profile: Lucio Fontana

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.

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Modern Masters Artist Profile: Frank Stella

Modern Masters Artist Profile: Frank Stella

“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.

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  DAM Curator Gives Media a Sneak Peek of <em>The American West in Bronze</em>

DAM Curator Gives Media a Sneak Peek of The American West in Bronze

On May 8, Thomas Smith, director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the DAM, gave some of Denver's media a tour of The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925. The exhibition opens to members on May 11 and to the public on May 12.

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Modern Masters Artist Profile: Joan Miró

Modern Masters Artist Profile: Joan Miró

Born in Barcelona in 1893, Joan Miró began sketching as a child, filling notebooks with his landscapes drawings. Sadly, in 1910 he was forced by his father to give up art altogether and thus stopped attending classes at the art academy La Llotja and became a clerk at a pharmacy instead. However, by 1911 he decided to go against family wishes and paint full-time. As a struggling artist, Miró was under such severe financial hardship that he would often go without eating for a day. However, in Miró’s eyes this was not a bad thing.

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Modern Masters Exhibition "> Final Weeks for the "Dazzling" Modern Masters Exhibition

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.

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Modern Masters Artist Profile: Helen Frankenthaler

Modern Masters Artist Profile: Helen Frankenthaler

Note: Helen Frankenthaler is one of the artists featured in Women of Abstract Expressionism, which will be on view at the Denver Art Museum June 12-September 25, 2016. This blog was originally published for the Modern Masters exhibition.

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Impressionist Art from Hamilton's Landmark Bequest Now on View

Impressionist Art from Hamilton's Landmark Bequest Now on View

In January, the DAM announced the largest gift ever given to the museum. Denver-based philanthropist Frederic C. Hamilton, the museum's chairman emeritus, bequeathed 22 impressionist masterworks from his private collection to the museum. Formerly, these works were part of the Nature as Muse exhibition.

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Meet Colorado Artists at The Shop's Mother's Day Jewelry Show

Meet Colorado Artists at The Shop's Mother's Day Jewelry Show

In celebration of Mother’s Day, The Shop at the Denver Art Museum will host a Jewelry and Handbag Trunk Show. On Friday, May 9–Sunday, May 11, from noon–5 pm, visitors to The Shop can meet local artisans while getting an exclusive look at their latest designs. These Colorado-based artists will be on hand to answer questions and to help you pick out the perfect gift for mom—or for yourself.

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Clyfford Still Museum to Hold Its First PechaKucha

Clyfford Still Museum to Hold Its First PechaKucha

[NOTE: This event is sold out. For information about other PechaKucha events in Denver, scroll to the list at the bottom of the page or check out pechakucha.org/cities/Denver.]

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Artist on Artist: Grace Hollenbeck on Joan Miró

Artist on Artist: Grace Hollenbeck on Joan Miró

Denver artist Grace Hollenbeck is a yearly participant in the Denver Chalk Art Festival and has also done street painting at the annual "Festival Italiano" in Lakewood since 2009. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Art Education at Concordia University in Nebraska.

DAM: Who is your favorite artist featured in Modern Masters and why?

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OhHeckYeah to Bring Street Arcade to CultureHaus Event

OhHeckYeah to Bring Street Arcade to CultureHaus Event

On May 10 creative strategist Brian Corrigan will bring his current project, OhHeckYeah: Denver’s Immersive Street Arcade, to Banner: The Art of Light, DAM support group CultureHaus’s annual fundraiser and themed party. This year's event will highlight artistic interpretations of light through music, performance art, and design and feature a silent auction.

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The DAM Showcases Music, Dance & Family Fun at Dia del Niño Celebration

The DAM Showcases Music, Dance & Family Fun at Dia del Niño Celebration

It’s that time of the year again. Denver’s Día del Niño celebration of children, families, and culture is Sunday, April 27. Young performers and traditional dancers from Mexico are busy preparing for one of the biggest celebration of their dancing or singing careers.

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DAM Artist-in-Residence Rose Simpson Inspires Colorado Scholastics Winners

DAM Artist-in-Residence Rose Simpson Inspires Colorado Scholastics Winners

As a museum educator, I find most of my days at work to be wonderful, but, every once in a while, my job provides me with some truly extraordinary experiences. Like when eight Colorado Scholastics winners were chosen by the Denver Art Museum for an “artist encounter” with our current Native Arts Artist in Residence, Rose B. Simpson. The artist encounter on March 24 was a rare opportunity for these young sculptors to speak with Rose, tour her works on view, and spend a little time in her studio creating.

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New Administration Building Brings DAM Staff Closer to Each Other & to Art

New Administration Building Brings DAM Staff Closer to Each Other & to Art

On March 24, Denver Art Museum staff moved from our old administration building on 14th Street and Tremont, where some of us had worked for almost 20 years, into our new administration building on Bannock Street. With the completion of this much-awaited building, the DAM campus is finally united. The administration building joins the historic North Building, built in 1971, and the iconic Hamilton Building, which opened in 2006.

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Warrior Fashion, Rebel Artists & Comic Mayhem at Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel)

Warrior Fashion, Rebel Artists & Comic Mayhem at Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel)

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Rose B. Simpson has been hard at work the past two months designing and creating warrior fashions (above) and customizing an ’85 El Camino (below). See what happens when the rubber (and leather) meet the road in a trailblazing performance on the Denver Art Museum’s plaza at Untitled #66 (Rebel Rebel).

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The DAM Thanks the Real Stars of the Museum at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

The DAM Thanks the Real Stars of the Museum at Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

Our art is wonderful, but Denver Art Museum volunteers are even more vibrant! Nearly 470 volunteers give more than 40,000 hours of their time, energy, and expertise every year helping visitors maneuver through the museum and engage with art in dynamic ways. Our volunteers are the real stars of the museum and we greatly appreciate their committed service. They are knowledgeable, interesting, friendly, and fun. They brighten the day of staff members and museum visitors alike.

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  Frida Kahlo’s Politics Reflected in <em>Self-Portrait with Monkey</em><em></em>

Frida Kahlo’s Politics Reflected in Self-Portrait with Monkey

Frida Kahlo painted her life story in 55 small but powerful self-portraits, like Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938, on view in Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Gallery. She exposed her life honestly through her paintings, but her portraits went beyond documentation of her own biography.

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Lunch with Peyton Manning & Backstage with Leftover Salmon on DAM Uncorked Proxy Auction Block

Lunch with Peyton Manning & Backstage with Leftover Salmon on DAM Uncorked Proxy Auction Block

Lunch with Peyton Manning and a Leftover Salmon autographed guitar and backstage passes are up for grabs in this year's DAM Uncorked fundraiser. Thanks to the proxy bidding option we have added, you can compete for your dream items from your man cave or back patio.

Also on offer to the highest bidder:

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5 Things You Can Learn from Video Artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

5 Things You Can Learn from Video Artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

Note: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’s work is on display in Fuse Box until May 18. She also is the Logan Lecture speaker on Wednesday, April 9.

1. Art appreciation

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Artist on Artist: Michael Rieger on Pablo Picasso

Artist on Artist: Michael Rieger on Pablo Picasso

Our first artist in our Artist on Artist series is Michael Rieger, a professional photographer, artist, and community arts activist for more than 20 years. His work as a historical photographer for FEMA covers such events as the World Trade Center terrorist attack of September 2011, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2013 Colorado floods. He also works as art director for the Denver Chalk Art Festival and is part owner of Lapis Studio & Gallery in Denver.

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