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. More
Robert Therrien takes familiar or mundane symbols and disconnects them from their expected contexts. These images become abstract forms floating in space, forcing viewers to re-orient their preconceived notions of symbols and their meanings. More
The Denver Art Museum recently announced that three curators joined the museum. Below is a brief introduction. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to get to know them and their growing art collections.
Tianlong Jiao, Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art More
Scottish Angus Cow and Calf—the larger-than-life bronze sculptures by artist Dan Ostermiller—need cleaning and other treatments, including re-patination and waxing, due to the constant physical interaction they receive from the public. More
An early and influential conceptual photographer, Kenneth Josephson makes photographs of found and constructed visual puzzles that demonstrate his alert and often humorous way of encountering the world at large. More
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
NOTE: Use promo code RIVER3 for $3 off the general admission price. More
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