When summer weather starts to blaze, an air-conditioned museum of any sort is an ideal refuge.
On Wednesday, I made a hasty retreat to the Denver Art Museum on 14th Avenue. DAM’s exhibits and collections left me rather slack jawed.
There are works by Edgar Degas, a master who used multiple layers of pastel and bold strokes to evoke movement and mood.
An untitled work by 19th century artist Eugène Isabey who summoned landscapes and ocean scenes in his early oil paintings.
North American artists are represented. There is William Merritt Chase’s Still Life with Fish.
A 1914 painting by John Sloan–one of the founders of the Ashcan School of American Art.
The museum’s first floor houses more contemporary works. This social sculpture by Cannupa Hanska Luger measures 14 feet tall (roughly) and consists of 4,000 clay beads (amazing). The strung beads interpret a 2016 Kali Spitzer photograph titled Sister.
Elsewhere you can find works by Marie Watt who hosts community sewing circles to hand-stitch larger-than-life fabric installations.
Luger and Watt recently collaborated on this sculpture titled Each/Other.
General admission for non-Colorado residents is $13. Highly recommend.