Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923–1997), Head—Red and Yellow, 1962. Oil on canvas; 48 x 48 in. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1962. © 2014 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Modern Masters

20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

March 2, 2014June 8, 2014
Hamilton Building - Level 2 — Sold out.

“These are some of the most important works of art to have ever been shown in Colorado. Do not miss this show.” – Michael Paglia, Westword

"Pollock's 1952 Convergence, a massive, 8-foot by 13-foot mash-up of yellow, red, blue and brown drips, is stunning on a wall by itself. Joan Miró's 1925 Carnival of Harlequin, a surreal assemblage of clowns, cats, fish, eyeballs and bugs, is mesmerizing.” - Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Denver Post

“The experience? In a word, exhilarating.” - Josh Rhoten, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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.

Modern Masters Visitor Information

Visit the Ticket Information and Modern Masters Gallery Guidelines pages for more details to help you plan your visit.

Modern Masters Access Materials

Available for complimentary use in the exhibition:

  • Braille exhibition text booklets and large print exhibition text booklets
  • Large-print audio tour transcripts of the adult and family audio tours

All areas of the exhibition are accessible to wheelchairs. Multimedia videos without sound are noted as such on the labels and the video.

Modern Masters Spanish Language Materials

Available for complimentary use in the exhibition:

  • Spanish language exhibition text booklets
  • Large-print audio tour transcripts of the adult and family audio tours in Spanish

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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.