SMA Exclusive: Becoming van Gogh

Join the SMA Community for an exclusive tour of Becoming van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum.

November 17

8:00 AM at the Denver Art Museum



The event will start with an overview given by the exhibition curator, Dr. Timothy J. Standring, DAM's Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture and father of Hadley Standring '01 and Zoe Standring '07.  The event will be closed to the public and the SMA Community will have private access to Becoming van Gogh.


Denver Art Museum - Becoming Van Gogh


Please click here to RSVP by November 7 as we expect this event to be sold-out!

High School Art Teacher Andrew Beckham visited the exhibit last week, here are some of his thoughts and impressions:

"Curated from collections public and private all over the world, Becoming Van Gogh aims to show Vincent's early years as a young, fledgling artist: his self-designed curriculum, his disparate influences (from the academic painting of the time to Impressionism to Japanese woodcuts), and how he slowly evolved into the artist we all know so well. The rich array of early works were fascinating, and provided rich context for his later work, as did well-selected pieces of his contemporaries and influences, which were installed throughout much of the exhibition.

Given all of this, stepping into the very last gallery of the show was nothing short of revelatory (and this from someone who has loved and looked at Van Gogh's work for decades now). I do not exaggerate when I say that there were paintings in that last room that brought tears to my eyes. The visual language he achieved in those final years was breathtaking, literally. A mastery of form, texture, and color riding explicitly on the surface of the canvas (all of the hallmarks of the Abstract Expressionist movement to come in the following century) were stunning. But what was more riveting, to me, was the profound sense of place that these paintings related. It seemed to me as I looked at these images that Van Gogh had a deep and abiding love for the countryside he painted, and that he felt connected and whole when working, perhaps a temporary reprieve from his difficulties with mental illness. Just my impressions, of course. But that's what we always take away from art: a set of impressions. And in this case, Van Gogh's genius has impressed itself upon me for a long, long time."

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