Jordan Casteel

Returning the Gaze
Opens February 2, 2019

Jordan Casteel, Benyam, 2018. Oil on canvas; 90 x 78 in. Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York © Jordan Casteel

Jordan Casteel painting of two boys, Miles and Jojo

Jordan Casteel, Miles and Jojo, 2015. Oil on canvas; 32 x 72 in. Collection of Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi. Image courtesy of Sargent's Daughters, New York © Jordan Casteel

February 2, 2019 – May 26, 2019
Hamilton Building - Level 1
Included in general admission
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Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze will feature nearly 30 paintings by Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel, who is now based in Harlem, New York. This presentation represents Casteel’s first major museum exhibition, and provides audiences with a first look at new work by one of the most acclaimed emerging artists working today.

The exhibition will bring together a body of work made from 2014 to 2018, with new paintings that reveal Casteel’s evolving practice and a shift in subject matter ranging from cityscapes and subway scenes to women and local business owners. Casteel’s approach to selecting subjects involves walking around her neighborhood and taking photographs. By transforming these photographs into larger-than-life portraits with subtle shifts in light, bold colors, and gestural brushwork, Casteel reveals individuals and atmospheres that often go unnoticed.

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is curated by Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from Vicki and Kent Logan, Judi and Joe Wagner, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.