An Eclectic Denver Art Walk

Photo by Richard Friedland

Early abstract impressionists, old masters and Native American textiles in Denver

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Take a Denver art walk. Its vibrant art community is spread around the city, so you’ll have to choose which museums, galleries and artist’s studios you want to explore. Spending a day at the Denver Art Museum and the adjacent Clyfford Still Museum. Peek into Golden Triangle galleries and catch working artists in the Santa Fe Art District.

Where to See Art in Denver

The modernistic Denver Art Museum‘s Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, has attracted visitors from around the world because of its titanium covering and architecture. The North Building is currently closed for a major renovation and will reopen in 2020. All exhibits and programs are presented in the Hamilton Building. The museum’s art — and special shows such as “Degas, A Passion for Perfection” (opens 2/11/2018) and “Rembrandt, Painter vs Printmaker” (opens 9/10/2018 ) — make it a “must visit”.

The North Building houses a Native Arts Collection that ranks among the best in the world. Full stop. More than 600 eye-dazzling textiles, war shirts, pieces of pottery, jewelry and paintings are displayed. Children love this museum because they can draw, sculpt, touch art works and play games that key in on specific types of art.

Clyfford Still, one of the best early abstract impressionists, refused to sell many paintings during his lifetime. After he died, four were auctioned in 2011 for $114 million, and the proceeds helped build the Clyfford Still Museum, which houses thousands of his works. It’s across a patio from the Denver Art Museum.

Just a few blocks away in Denver’s Golden Triangle, a half-dozen galleries are worth a stop, including Walker Fine Art, the Sandra Phillips Gallery and the William Havu Gallery filled with contemporary art. The Native American Trading Post is chock-full of Native American and Southwest art.

Take a mid-day break with an upscale lunch at Palettes in the Denver Art Museum or Fire at the Art Hotel. Or grab a brew and burger at Pints or Mad Greens.

Then head to the Art District of Santa Fe, where dozens of galleries and artist studios line Santa Fe from 12th Street to Alameda. Stop by Artists on Santa Fe Gallery and Studios to chat with artists working in a wide range of media. For stunning wildlife and nature photographs visit John Fielder’s Colorado. The Space and Michael Warren Contemporary feature bold contemporary art. This section of Denver is Latino-centric; look for the Museo de las Americas, with diverse arts and cultures of the Americas.

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