TAG: modern and contemporary art

Elaine de Kooning, Bullfight, 1959
Exhibition

Women of Abstract Expressionism

Jun 12, 2016–Sep 25, 2016

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

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read
Exhibition

The 4 Seasons of Veronica Read

A Video Installation by Kutluğ Ataman
Jul 19, 2015–Oct 11, 2015

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

Gunther Gerzso
Exhibition

Gunther Gerzso

A Mexican Master
Jun 25, 2015–Jan 3, 2016

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

Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974
Exhibition

Herbert Bayer: 1938–1974

New York and Aspen Paintings
On View through July 30, 2017

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 Conservation of Linda's Modern Materials 
Blog: Conservation

The Conservation of Linda's Modern Materials 

How Did John DeAndrea Achieve Such Lifelike Qualities?

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

Mark Wallinger
Exhibition

Mark Wallinger

Angel
Feb 15, 2015–Jan 3, 2016

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

Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz
Exhibition

Revolt 1680/2180

Virgil Ortiz
May 17, 2015–Apr 24, 2016

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

Denver Art Museum Preps for Joan Miró Exhibition
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Denver Art Museum Preps for Joan Miró Exhibition

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

Showing Off
Exhibition

Showing Off

Recent Modern & Contemporary Acquisitions
May 17, 2015–Apr 3, 2016

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

Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures
Exhibition

Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures

Apr 19, 2015–Jun 21, 2015

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

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination
Exhibition

Joan Miró: Instinct & Imagination

Mar 22, 2015–Jun 28, 2015

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

Oliver Herring: Recent Acquisitions
Exhibition

Oliver Herring: Recent Acquisitions

Jun 1, 2014–Jan 4, 2015

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

Drawings: Carroll Dunham
Exhibition

Drawings: Carroll Dunham

Jul 27, 2014–Feb 15, 2015

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.

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Summer is Outdoor Sculpture Maintenance Time at the DAM
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Summer is Outdoor Sculpture Maintenance Time at the DAM

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 maintenanceincluding washing, waxing, and repaintingto 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