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Price: Included in museum admission, $3-$13
Fracture: Cubism and After, which opens today at the Denver Art Museum, is all about recontexualizing already existing artwork — in this case, pieces by the likes of Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and others. The thirteen-piece show attempts to connect the cubist movement to the transformation of Western art as a whole by offering a fresh take on both styles.
“Cubist artists understood that paintings were not just windows through which one could view the world, but that they were flat, painted objects,” says Gwen Chanzit, Fracture’s curator. “They also proposed that an object painted with ‘realistic’ perspective was no more ‘real’ than an abstraction of that object on a flat surface.” Chanzit also points out that the collection was curated in a way that puts influential early-twentieth-century modernist pieces alongside later works by the artists they influenced.
All of the paintings included in this exhibition are part of the DAM’s permanent collection — though some have come out of storage after a long absence from the public eye.
Admission to Fracture is included in the price of general admission at the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Get more information at denverartmuseum.org.Bree Davies