Collectibles, a showcase of works on paper from the Denver Art Museum's collection, demonstrates that drawings are, indeed, collectible. That is, that they are worth acquiring and looking at—from up close and far away, in various arrangements, again and again.
The works demonstrate the merits of drawings. As disparate as Kiki Smith's delicate composition of a rose bush and a bird on precious Nepalese lokta paper (Roses and Birds #5, 2003) and H.C. Westermann's sketch of a sinking battleship (Untitled (Death Ship), 1976), together they show the aesthetic versatility of paper, the depth that can be found in a two-dimensional plane, and that drawing can be a conceptual practice, too.
Smith and Westermann's drawings and others, by John Altoon, Kevin Appel, Alice Aycock, James Blake, Richard Carter, Agnes Denes, Nicole Eisenman, Jackie Ferrara, Susan Rothenberg, Keith Tyson, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Kara Walker, and Abraham Walkowitz, constitute a cross section of the diverse collection of drawings the DAM has amassed, and as such they represent the myriad ways in which artists work on paper.