British artist Damien Hirst famously said, “Art survives through its effect on others.” As a leader in the contemporary art world, he, like his peers, considers making art a way to convey ideas about culture, human relationships, the environment, and politics.
The artworks included in Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out have the potential to invite or even incite conversation about the world around us. The outlandish presentation of ideas using simplified or crude depictions, everyday materials, or riffs on cultural conventions helps infuse contemporary art with provocative, sometimes challenging, content.
This installation will feature the Denver Art Museum’s collection of contemporary art and signature loans from local collectors. Audacious highlights, among others, works by Franz Ackermann, Brian Alfred, Christo, Tracey Emin, John Fudge, Philip Guston, Damien Hirst, Martin Maloney, Ana Mendieta, and Shirin Neshat.
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Mexico City plays an important role in the work of Melanie Smith. Her installations, videos, films, photographs, and paintings consider the density of population and structures, its production of detritus and its endless entropy and reconstruction. More
Join three DAM curators for a dialogue highlighting the convergence of art, design, and fashion. More
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Use colorful blocks to share how the art makes you feel. More
Slow down, have a discussion with the artist, and crochet chains out of yarn or wool or donate a lock of hair for her Global Thinking Pod. More
Williams explores how we can create an emotional response to our personal data or "online" identity. More
Viviane Le Courtois, a Denver-based artist, will be a creative-in-residence at the Denver Art Museum from April 5–15, 2016. During her residency, she will be building a “thinking pod” inside the exhibition Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out on Level 3 of the Hamilton Building. More