This groundbreaking exhibition celebrates the often unknown female artists of this mid-twentieth-century art movement. More than 50 major paintings are on view by artists Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher. More
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The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read (2002) is a four-screen video installation filmed over the course of a year, which centers around the remarkable life of Veronica Read, an Englishwoman with a special passion for Hippeastrum, commonly known as amaryllis.
With over 900 Hippeastrum bulbs in her two-bedroom house, Veronica Read's obsession with these flowers is all consuming. Masquerading as a documentary about the Hippeastrum flower bulb, the work is actually a portrait of a woman wholly devoted to the care of these bulbs, which contain the hope of flowering only once a year. More
Are you ready to see something new and exciting? Immerse yourself in a world imagined by Virgil Ortiz. More
Colorado native Ben Jackel’s behemoth sculpture Pay Attention (in photo above and on view at the Denver Art Museum in Showing Off: Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions) demands viewers’ attention with its giant silhouette. More
In partnership with Museo de las Americas, we celebrate the Mexican modernist master Gunther Gerzso (1915−2000). The exhibition highlights some of the artist's extraordinary paintings from 1960−1981. More
Celebrated for his multidisciplinary approach to art and design, Herbert Bayer called painting "the continuous link connecting all the facets of my work." The paintings presented in the exhibition give us a window into the personal side of this versatile artist. More
The highly realistic sculpture Linda by Colorado artist John DeAndrea has been a visitor favorite at the Denver Art Museum since it became a part of the collection in 1984. Linda is also an important work of contemporary art in which DeAndrea made innovative use of a material that was fairly new to art at the time: plastic. This is why Linda is of such interest to us in the museum’s conservation department. More
Angel is a video that explores the theme of religion and features Wallinger playing Blind Faith, his sightless alter ego. The artist is seen repeatedly reciting—backwards—the first five verses of St. John's Gospel from the King James version of the Bible. The spectator is asked to consider religious belief in a realm beyond the visible. More
Virgil Ortiz, a renowned artist from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, uses contemporary art to blend historic events with futuristic elements. Set against Ortiz’s graphic murals, this exhibition features 31 clay figures and invites visitors to immerse themselves in a storyline that Ortiz created that begins with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. More
If you’re looking for inspiration on how to remain vital and creative well into old age, look no further than Spanish artist Joan Miró. The new exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination (opening March 22), celebrates the works he created during the last 20 years of his life. More
Joan Miró once said "I feel the need of attaining the maximum of intensity with the minimum of means." The Denver Art Museum exhibition team wanted to achieve something similar with Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination—to create a gallery space that allows the Spanish artist's paintings and sculptures to have maximum impact. More
Gifts, promised gifts, and works that the museum purchased over the last seven years are the focus of this rotation in the modern and contemporary galleries. Showing Off highlights, among others, works by Nick Cave, James Drake, Leonardo Drew, Eric Fischl, Al Held, Ben Jackel, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Christian Marclay, Agnes Martin, John McEnroe, Amy Metier, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Shinique Smith, Stacey Steers, Mark Wallinger. More
A visitor favorite since her first appearance in 1984, Linda, is returning to the DAM after a long hiatus. Last on display at the DAM in 2009, Linda has since been kept in darkened, climate-controlled storage to ensure her preservation.
This exhibition also features two other sculptures by John DeAndrea, Clothed Artist and Model, and Nude with Black Drape. The latter is a newly completed work. More
It’s hard to miss these two looming figures at the Denver Art Museum. What else not to miss: Its sculptor, Beverly Pepper, was in her 80s when she completed. More
She can be seen climbing around her taller-than-most-of-us sculptures barefoot and pedaling up Tour de France mountains in France. Artist Gail Folwell is on the move, like the subjects in her work. More
Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination focuses on artworks the Spanish artist created during the last two decades of his career (1963-1981). Joan Miró's (pronounced Jwan mr-OH) imagination and creativity extended well into his old age. Later in life, he continued the inventive forms for which he is known and began exploring new materials, including bronze. This exhibition features bronze sculptures–including Woman and Bird (Femme et oiseau)–which have rarely been seen outside of Europe. More
German-born artist Oliver Herring began making videos after a spinal disk in his neck slipped out of place more than 10 years ago. The injury made it painful for him to knit intricate sculptures, such as Castle and Doublerocker, both were on display in Material World. But he could use a camera. Herring has continued making videos since then, focusing increasingly on the people who participate in them. He has invited friends and strangers to improvise scenarios he contrives. More
Carroll Dunham’s world of animated line is populated by organic shapes and cartoon-like creatures. Dunham’s drawings demonstrate the artist’s dexterity in thin lines, delicate shadings, aggressive smudges, and smeary black washes. This show is about the essence of drawing. At the same time, it celebrates Dunham’s ability to manipulate simple materials and lines in ways that have engaged viewers for more than three decades.
If you visit the Denver Art Museum this summer, you might see our conservators and interns busy with maintenance of the outdoor sculptures on the museum’s campus. Many of the sculptures need annual maintenance—including washing, waxing, and repainting—to withstand Colorado’s climate extremes and keep looking their best. Feel free to stop by and talk with us about what we’re up to. More