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Lining the Painting

Lining the Painting

Part 10 of Conserving a Canaletto

Now that I’ve reduced the distracting bumps caused by the previous lining adhesive, I must now re-line the picture to another auxiliary canvas support. I was hoping not to have to re-line the picture, but it was not possible to locally mend the tear since the fibers along the tear edges were too frayed and weak. More

Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art
Exhibition

Fashion Fusion: Native Textiles in Spanish Colonial Art

May 19, 2013–Nov 16, 2014

Drawing from the Denver Art Museum’s extensive Spanish colonial art collection, Fashion Fusion looks at the influence textile motif’s have had on other artistic mediums. More

Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012
Exhibition

Bruce Price: Works on Paper, 2007–2012

May 19, 2013–Nov 3, 2013

A selection of more than 30 drawings and sculptures by Denver-based artist Bruce Price will be featured in our works-on-paper gallery. More

Material World
Exhibition

Material World

May 19, 2013–Jan 4, 2015

From recycled plastics and bound clothing to woven silks and charred tree limbs, Material World illustrates the wide range of materials and techniques used by contemporary artists. More

Canaletto Masterwork Restored
Exhibition

Canaletto Masterwork Restored

On View through October 1, 2017

Following nearly one year of conservation treatment, an Italian masterwork discovered in the Denver Art Museum storage is on view. Since spring 2012, we have been writing updates about behind-the-scenes discoveries and decisions related to the restoration. More

Beginning the Structural Work

Beginning the Structural Work

Part 9 of Conserving a Canaletto

It’s now time to move onto the structural phase of the conservation treatment for the Canaletto work. Structural work entails further securing of any loose media, such as paint or ground, and any repairs if necessary to the canvas and stretcher. Our Canaletto was lined in the past, which means that the original canvas was adhered to a secondary canvas. There are a variety of reasons historically why paintings were lined, but in the case of the Canaletto it was most likely due to the tear in the original canvas. More

Passport to Paris
Exhibition

Passport to Paris

Oct 27, 2013–Feb 9, 2014

Update: Passport to Paris is sold out. Nature as Muse, the Impressionist landscapes exhibition that is part of Passport to Paris, will reopen at general admission pricing Feb. 12–March 23. Thank you for your interest! More

Nick Cave: Sojourn
Exhibition

Nick Cave: Sojourn

Jun 9, 2013–Sep 22, 2013

“Artist Nick Cave’s gorgeous creations are a must-see at the DAM....” – Michael Paglia, Westword

Sojourn will delight audiences of all ages with its sophisticated blend of color and whimsy." – Westword

Nick Cave: Sojourn is a multisensory experience unlike any other.... Cave’s imagination is a whimsical, talented land that begs you to immerse yourself.”– Daliah Singer, 5280 More

Cleaning Complete

Cleaning Complete

Part 8 of Conserving a Canaletto

After many hours and consultations with Timothy, cleaning is complete. I am always amazed at how much more one sees of a picture once the discolored varnish is removed—subtle details in the composition become visible and the picture's overall sense of depth is enhanced. More

Turret We Discovered Has Us Wondering

Turret We Discovered Has Us Wondering

Part 7 of Conserving a Canaletto

I’ve been cleaning the Canaletto, taking my Q-tips to the surface and gently removing all of the restorer-applied discolored varnish and overpaint. Upon removal of some overpaint, an area discussed in our earlier video post, I discovered a turret, or tower. This is a pretty exciting discovery. More

Considerations in Our Cleaning Decisions

Considerations in Our Cleaning Decisions

Part 6 of Conserving a Canaletto

It's likely you have a photograph, painting, illustrated card, or drawing that just doesn't look the same as it did when you first brought it home. Heck, you probably have a shirt that isn't as bright as it once was and maybe there's a stain or two on it reminding you of a not-so-graceful moment. The world is a tough place and the effects of temperature, light, water/humidity, and other humans mark us and our things without fail. More

Cleaning Decisions Videos

Cleaning Decisions Videos

Part 5 of Conserving a Canaletto

Now that the painting has gotten a thorough check-up and health assessment by the curatorial and conservation teams, it is time to decide how best to treat it. More

Dana Schutz Paints the Impossible by Starting with Questions

Dana Schutz Paints the Impossible by Starting with Questions

How does a painter begin to paint the impossible? For Dana Schutz, who doesn’t paint from observation or photographic sources, the process of visualizing events no one has ever seen before begins in her imagination and involves both asking a lot of questions and methodically developing answers. Often, one of those questions is not “What does an action look like?” but “What does it feel like?” In order to communicate feelings, Schutz relies on evocative titles, dozens of colors developed through hours of mixing paint, lists of possibilities to consider, and numerous sketches. More

Becoming Van Gogh
Exhibition

Becoming Van Gogh

Oct 21, 2012–Jan 20, 2013

21 de octubre de 2012 – 20 de enero de 2013

Edificio Hamilton - Piso 2 More

Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico
Exhibition

Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico

Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land
Feb 10, 2013–Apr 28, 2013

The exhibition brings to light a relatively unknown aspect of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and thinking—her deep respect for the diverse and distinctive cultures of northern New Mexico. Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land features 53 O’Keeffe works including 15 rarely seen pictures of different Hopi katsina tihu, along with examples of these types of figures. More

Rocky Mountain Majesty
Exhibition

Rocky Mountain Majesty

The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams
Dec 16, 2012–Sep 8, 2013

Charles Partridge Adams was a Colorado landscape painter active during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Rocky Mountain Majesty: The Paintings of Charles Partridge Adams marks the first time that Adams’ paintings will be displayed together at a major art museum; and the Denver Art Museum will be the sole venue for this important exhibition that highlights his greatest paintings of Colorado. More

Conserving a Canaletto

Conserving a Canaletto

DAM Blog Post Series Documents Masterwork's Restoration

February 16, 2013, update: The Canaletto artwork is now fully restored and on view on Level Six of the North Building.

Denver Art Museum staff are publishing a multi-part series on a long lost painting recently located in our collections. More

Techniques Reveal Location, Extent of Damage

Techniques Reveal Location, Extent of Damage

Part 4 of Conserving a Canaletto

In this post I will review (with pictures!) my findings. The techniques discussed were: normal, raking and specular illumination, ultraviolet-A radiation, and x-radiation. I was able to gather useful information from all of the techniques for my assessment. More

Painting in Better Condition Than Anticipated

Painting in Better Condition Than Anticipated

Part 3 of Conserving a Canaletto

I’ve finally been able to more closely examine the Canaletto to gain a better understanding of its present overall condition and treatment history. Generally, the picture is in better shape than I anticipated. To come to that conclusion I used a variety of evaluative and analytical techniques to assess the painting’s structural and aesthetic state. More

Waddell Paintings May Remind You of an Inkblot Test

Waddell Paintings May Remind You of an Inkblot Test

A new exhibition at the Denver Art Museum might just remind you of an ink blot test and prompt you to question, “Where’s the beef?” More