Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
The Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) will present Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This exhibition at the DAM will bring together about 70 iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, and Andy Warhol as well as one of Jackson Pollock’s finest drip paintings. In all, more than 40 influential artists will be on view.
Curated by Dean Sobel, director of CSM, the exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, one of the most respected collections of twentieth-century art in the country. A special ticket will give visitors admission to the exhibition at the DAM as well as 1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated, a correlative exhibition at CSM February 14-June 15, 2014. Also curated by Sobel, 1959 recreates Still’s landmark exhibition held at the Albright-Knox in the fall of 1959. This exhibition was the largest of Still’s career and the first following his decision to break ties with the art world in 1951.
Modern Masters will display works that begin in the late 1800s, including stellar examples of post-impressionism by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin. The exhibition also considers ideas that contributed to the development and rejection of later art movements such as cubism, surrealism, pop art, minimalism. The largest grouping in the exhibition features approximately 20 mid-century American artists, many of whom identified as abstract expressionists, including Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, and Still.
This exhibition was initiated by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, and was organized by Albright-Knox Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum presentation has been made possible by U.S. Bank, Snell & Wilmer, John Brooks Incorporated, the generous 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, and The Denver Post.