“[One of] 15 international summer art exhibitions you should definitely see.” — The Huffington Post
"This show promises to be one of the greatest art events of the summer." — Michael Paglia, art ltd. magazine
Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective features the work of painter Tom Wesselmann, who is widely regarded as one of the leading figures of American pop art.
Organized chronologically, this exhibition follows the development of Wesselmann’s work, series by series, from the earliest abstract collages to his well-known series, Great American Nude, and still lifes of his pop period to the cut-steel drawings and Sunset Nudes of his late work.
Beyond Pop Art features approximately 100 works, including the larger-than-life Still Life #60 (pictured above) and Screen Star.
This exhibition continues the DAM’s tradition of bringing exhibitions to Denver, like Becoming Van Gogh, that provide an inside look into an artist’s process. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore Wesselmann’s personal and creative journey through preliminary drawings, maquettes, and archival documents, from billboards to photographs and letters.
An exhibition catalog is available in The Shop at the Denver Art Museum and the online museum shop.
News & Stories
In 1985 Tom Wesselmann wrote in his journal that “The prime mission of my art, in the beginning, and continuing still, is to make figurative art as exciting as abstract art. I think I have succeeded, but there is still a lot further to go.” More
“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.” More
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. More
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. More
Summer is… brings the allure of a Colorado summer staple—campfires—to downtown Denver. Made from beetle-kill pine, recycled camping rope, and other recycled materials, these urban campfires offer the perfect place for rest and relaxation. Visitor-submitted story tags create a canopy of leaves, making Martin Plaza a great spot to enjoy the season.
Story tags and pens are provided on the plaza. More