Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

2 February–18 August 2019

Exhibition Overview

Jordan Casteel, Benyam, 2018. Oil on canvas; 90 x 78 in. The Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg Collection.

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze features 29 paintings by Denver-born artist Jordan Casteel, who is now based in Harlem, New York. This presentation represents Casteel’s first major museum exhibition, and provides audiences with a first look at new work by one of the most acclaimed emerging artists working today. The exhibition brings together a body of work made from 2014 to 2018, with new paintings that reveal Casteel’s evolving practice and a shift in subject matter ranging from cityscapes and subway scenes to women and local business owners. Casteel’s approach to selecting subjects involves walking around her neighborhood and taking photographs. By transforming these photographs into larger-than-life portraits with subtle shifts in light, bold colors and gestural brushwork, Casteel reveals individuals and atmospheres that often go unnoticed. Jordan Casteel: #JordanCasteelatDAM

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from Merle C. Chambers, Vicki and Kent Logan, Barbara Bridges, Judi and Joe Wagner, the Robert Lehman Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Educational programs associated with the exhibition are funded by FirstBank, Riverfront Park Community Foundation and an anonymous donor. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight and The Denver Post.

(Image courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York © Jordan Casteel.)

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