Also relatable to the soon-to-open CSM is the twenty-piece presentation in Focus: Robert Motherwell, which showcases works by the master abstract expressionist. Late in his life — he died in 1991 — Motherwell established the Dedalus Foundation to administer his work after his death, with the idea that public institutions like museums could acquire examples of his work for a fraction of their market value. In the early 1990s, representatives of the DAM approached the foundation. When its administrator, Richard Rubin, realized the museum's commitment to acquiring a nice selection of Motherwells, he decided to offer twenty works that surveyed the artist's career at the bargain-basement price of $1 million. This treasure trove was unveiled at the museum in 1995 ("Holy Motherwell!," November 15, 1995). Over the years, the various pieces have been displayed from time to time, but this is the largest concentration of them to be put on view since they were initially displayed.

"Arriba, Colorado," by Robert Adams, gelatin silver print.
"Arriba, Colorado," by Robert Adams, gelatin silver print.
"Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado," by Robert Adams, gelatin silver print.
"Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Colorado," by Robert Adams, gelatin silver print.

Location Info


Denver Art Museum Cafe

100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Category: Museums

Region: Central Denver


Robert Adams, Vance Kirkland and Robert Motherwell

Through January 1, July 1 and May 27, respectively, Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000,

Adams and Kirkland both spent the most significant parts of their individual careers in Colorado, but New York-based Motherwell — unlike Still — also has a connection to our state, having served as a visiting faculty member at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center School in the early 1950s. Motherwell was a perfect fit there, since Colorado Springs was then the center of abstract expressionism in the state, with a critical mass of vanguard painters living and working in the city at that time.

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