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Slideshow: Modern Masters Preview

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Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons at the DAM and the related 1959: The Albright Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated (running now through June 15) next door are both curated by CSM director Dean Sobel and represent the museums’ first full-blown collaboration. Given Still’s special relationship with the Albright-Knox—it holds the largest Still collection outside of the Mile High City, with 33 paintings—it feels serendipitous.

While Modern Masters takes a group of works out of the historic Albright-Knox for a thrilling who’s-who of 20th century art—Picasso, O’Keeffe, Dalí, Kahlo, Pollock, Rothko, Lichtenstein, Warhol—1959 attempts to exhibit a group of Still’s paintings as they were shown inside the Albright-Knox in that year’s retrospective, which was the first Still show after he dropped out of the art world in 1951 and was curated by the irascible artist himself.

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A single ticket gets you into both must-see exhibits; you can visit on separate days or run back and forth between two of Denver’s best museums to your heart’s delight. Trying to get the kiddos some culture? Go during spring break (March 29–April 6) for special programming like artist demos, hands-on artmaking stations, and in-gallery theater programs sure to hold their attention. Or grab a date or your girlfriends and hit up April 25th’s Untitled Final Friday event “Rebel Rebel.”

Can’t wait? Flip through the following slideshow for a sneak peek of what you’ll see and insider tidbits (e.g., Sobel calls the above Still “the one that got away”) from Thursday’s exclusive preview.

Bonus: Read more about Still’s personal archive and the CSM Research Center here.

—Photos (Dalí and Lichenstein) Courtesy of the Denver Art Museum
Follow copy chief Jessica Farmwald on Twitter at @JessicaKF.

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