Audacious

Contemporary Artists Speak Out
Feb 21, 2016–Aug 6, 2017
Martin Maloney, Over Exposed, 1999. Oil paint on canvas.

Martin Maloney, Over Exposed, 1999. Oil paint on canvas. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2001.785 © Martin Maloney

Shirin Neshat, Allegiance with Wakefulness, 1994. Gelatin silver print with calligraphy.

Shirin Neshat, Allegiance with Wakefulness, 1994. Gelatin silver print with calligraphy. Gift of Polly and Mark Addison, 2009.375 © Shirin Neshat

Carroll Dunham, Shootist, 2000. Mixed media on linen.

Carroll Dunham, Shootist, 2000. Mixed media on linen. Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, fractional and promised gift to the Denver Art Museum, 2001.714 © Carroll Dunham, Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York.

Walid Raad, We Can Make Rain But No One Came To Ask, 2005. Still from video.

Walid Raad, We Can Make Rain But No One Came To Ask, 2005. Still from video. Gift of Polly and Mark Addison, 2010.427.1-3 © Walid Raad

Closed: February 21, 2016–Aug 6, 2017
Hamilton Building - Level 3

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.

Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from Vicki and Kent Logan, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).