Oh my god, a Frida Kahlo is coming to Denver


The fangirl in me is back, and I know I'm not alone: The Clyfford Still Museum, in coordination with the Denver Art Museumonce again has big plans to bring high-profile art to the state, and this time it's a Frida Kahlo — her 1938 "Self Portrait with Monkey."

  • Collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

It's coming as part of Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which opens March 2, 2014. The show features "50 iconic artworks by more than 40 influential artists from the late 19th century to the present." Those 40 include: Van Gogh, O'Keeffe, Dali, Miro, MatisseToulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Rothko, de Koonig, Motherwell, Still and Warhol.

Kahlo is a personal favorite, but it's not often I see one of her works in the flesh. Her oeuvre isn't large, and they don't often travel. (My best efforts have brought me face-to-face with only one piece, in the MOMA, years ago.) It's a similar story with Pollock, whose 1952 "Convergence" is part of the exhibit. ("Lavender Mist" continues to elude me.)

According to the press materials, the Albright-Knox Gallery of Buffalo, N.Y. is "one of the finest collections of 20th-century art in the country." And Picasso to Pollock, curated by CSM director Dean Sobel, "showcases one of the best collections of modern art in the country," said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. "Not only are most of the iconic artists of the time represented, but the works themselves are masterpieces from each artist."

Joan Miró, "Le Carnaval d'Arlequin" ("Carnival of Harlequin") - COLLECTION ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, BUFFALO, NY.
  • Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
  • Joan Miró, "Le Carnaval d'Arlequin" ("Carnival of Harlequin")

Although the chronology makes perfect sense, the span of the exhibit — from Kahlo's insular, surrealist-meets-ex-voto stylings to, say, Pollock's focus on process and non-representation — is fascinating.

The exhibition begins in the late 1800s and includes stellar examples of Post-Impressionism by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, which provide a springboard for various expressionist and visionary tendencies apparent in later works throughout the exhibition. Picasso to Pollock also considers ideas that contributed to the development — and conscious rejection — of the art movements Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art and Minimalism.

Tickets go on sale next year. Special tickets are required to see both this show at the DAM, and "1959, a correlative exhibition" at CSM.

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