Modern Masters

20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Mar 2, 2014–Jun 8, 2014

Clyfford Still, 1957-D No. 1, 1957. Oil on canvas; support: 113 x 159 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1959. © 2014 City and County of Denver and The Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Vincent van Gogh. La Maison de la Crau (The Old Mill), 1888. Oil on canvas; 25 1/2 x 21 ¼ inches. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966.

Amedeo Modigliani. La jeune bonne (The Servant Girl), about 1918. Oil on canvas; 60 x 24 inches. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1939.

Arthur Garfield Dove, Fields of Grain as Seen from Train, 1931. Oil on canvas; 24 x 34-1/8 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1958. The Estate of Arthur G. Dove, courtesy Terry Dintenfass, Inc.

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Closed: March 2, 2014–Jun 8, 2014
Hamilton Building - Level 2

“These are some of the most important works of art to have ever been shown in Colorado. Do not miss this show.” – Michael Paglia, Westword

"Pollock's 1952 Convergence, a massive, 8-foot by 13-foot mash-up of yellow, red, blue and brown drips, is stunning on a wall by itself. Joan Miró's 1925 Carnival of Harlequin, a surreal assemblage of clowns, cats, fish, eyeballs and bugs, is mesmerizing.” - Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post

“The experience? In a word, exhilarating.” - Josh Rhoten, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

The Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) will present Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This exhibition at the DAM will bring together about 70 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings. In all, more than 40 influential artists will be on view.

Curated by Dean Sobel, director of CSM, the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, one of the most respected collections of twentieth-century art in the country. A special ticket will give visitors admission to the exhibition at the DAM as well as 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition at CSM February 14-June 15, 2014. Also curated by Sobel, 1959 recreates Still’s landmark exhibition held at the Albright-Knox in the fall of 1959. This exhibition was the largest of Still’s career and the first following his decision to break ties with the art world in 1951.

Modern Masters will display works that begin in the late 1800s, including stellar examples of post-impressionism by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin. The exhibition also considers ideas that contributed to the development and rejection of later art movements such as cubism, surrealism, pop art, minimalism. The largest grouping in the exhibition features approximately 20 mid-century American artists, many of whom identified as abstract expressionists, including Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and Still.

Modern Masters Visitor Information

Visit the Ticket Information and Modern Masters Gallery Guidelines pages for more details to help you plan your visit.

Modern Masters Access Materials

Available for complimentary use in the exhibition:

  • Braille exhibition text booklets and large print exhibition text booklets
  • Large-print audio tour transcripts of the adult and family audio tours

All areas of the exhibition are accessible to wheelchairs. Multimedia videos without sound are noted as such on the labels and the video.

Modern Masters Spanish Language Materials

Available for complimentary use in the exhibition:

  • Spanish language exhibition text booklets
  • Large-print audio tour transcripts of the adult and family audio tours in Spanish

Presented by

This exhibition was initiated by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and was organized by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum presentation has been made possible by U.S. Bank, Snell & Wilmer, John Brooks Incorporated, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.

News & Stories

  • Artist on Artist Series
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    Artist on Artist Series

    The DAM is publishing a series of interviews with local artists about how they were inspired or influenced by artists whose work is on view at the museum. The first blog posts focused on Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

    Image credit: Lea Wells, Sail. Courtesy of the artist. More

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    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    Artist on Artist: Chuck Ceraso on Vincent Van Gogh

    Chuck Ceraso's lineage traces back to the French and American impressionists through his teacher, Henry Hensche. Hensche was the student and protégé of Charles Hawthorne. Hawthorne, after painting with William Merritt Chase and Claude Monet, started the first art school, in 1900, devoted to the color discoveries of the impressionists. When Hawthorne died in 1930, he left the school and teaching to Hensche, who continued and further developed the teaching until his death in 1992. More

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    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    13 Feet of Pollock—How We Installed the Large Artwork (Video)

    As part of Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, we had the pleasure of installing a very large and impressive Jackson Pollock painting. Considered to be one of Pollock’s finest drip paintings, Convergence is eight feet tall and thirteen feet long. It also has a very minimal frame, a “strip frame,” as so many paintings from this time period do. The painting’s large size and lack of a substantial frame presented a unique set of challenges and required us to take special care in its handling and installation. More

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    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    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. More