Next year is a big one for the Denver Art Museum. Per a media release sent today, its exhibition schedule features an exciting and current series of shows, including these (dates subject to change):
Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective (March 25-July 8, 2012)
Given the excitement and fanfare for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Alexander McQueen exhibit (which looked like a dream, from afar), fashion art shows are the thing. That aside, this 40-year retrospective documents YSL's beginnings at Christian Dior through his final 2002 collection with 200 haute couture garments, drawings, photographs and film. Also, this is the only U.S. stop for this show, which premiered in Paris last year.
Theodore Waddell's Abstract Angus (May 20-Nov. 18, 2012)
We should be proud of this one, since Waddell was part of the exquisite Personal Paradise: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape Painting show at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center back in 2009. His monumental (and I mean huge) canvases capture the vastness of his home in Montana and redefine our ideas on Western art. Even more interestingly, they embody abstraction and realism at the same time. It's hard to believe, but you'll know it when you see it. Read more about Personal Paradise here.
And of course, Becoming Van Gogh, which we blogged about a few months ago. Be prepared. It opens Oct. 21, 2012 and runs through Jan. 20, 2013.
There's even more, including a show of pins worn by Madeleine Albright, photographs of women by Garry Winogrand, and artist Ed Ruscha's paintings and drawings inspired by Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Read about it in this pdf.