Art Review

Matisse and Friends at the DAM Is What the Future Looked Like a Century Ago

Matisse and Friends Denver Art Museum 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway

There's a tight and tasty little painting show in the Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building right now that has really flown under the radar. I'm talking about Matisse and Friends, which closes in just a couple weeks.

There are some undeniably important pieces here -- and they should have caught our attention, but maybe they haven't because the entire show is made up of only fourteen works. Or maybe it's because Brilliant, the Cartier show, has out-dazzled everything else.

See also: Review: Crammed Full of Cartier "Ice," the DAM's Brilliant Is the Perfect Winter Show

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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