Last weekend when we went to Kimbell to see the Botticelli to Braque collection we also stopped at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The Modern Art Museum, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando feature modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs. The Modern houses Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, lot of other cool painting and an amazing Stainless Steel Tree by New York artist Roxy Paine, which is 40 foot by 45 foot structure juxtaposed against the lush green lawn area with the Fort worth building in the background.
The modern building designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando
Conjoined by Roxy Paine.
Andy Warhol’s silkscreens and paintings of people, commercial items, and beyond have become icons of life in the twentieth century. The Campbell’s soup cans, photographs of celebrities, and images from newspapers that came to embody the ideas of Pop art all reflect Warhol’s interest in the power, beauty, and banality of popular culture. Within weeks of Marilyn Monroe’s suicide, Warhol began painting pictures of her, producing twenty-two paintings of Marilyn by the end of the year. Warhol chose a publicity photograph of Marilyn from the 1953 movie Niagara and cropped the image to a close-up of her face. The source for Twenty-Five Colored Marilyns is not necessarily Marilyn Monroe herself; it is a reproduction of the publicity photograph. In the Modern’s Twenty-Five Colored Marilyns, Warhol used the silkscreen process, then a popular method of commercial printmaking, to duplicate Marilyn’s face. The uneven inking of the image translates her face with different degrees of clarity, and the tilt of the grid gives the piece a handmade quality. Warhol does not give us one Marilyn; he gives us twenty-five. Perhaps he wants us to consider our obsession with celebrities. The modern also has Warhol’s Soup cans, Elvis and Toy Gun, which they rotate on their display
Andy Warhol’s Self Portrait
Masqued by Jackson Pollock
Card Andre’s – Tau and Threshold – A central figure in the development of the movement known as Minimalism, Carl Andre creates art that involves the symmetrical arrangement of units of basic building materials, which he terms “particles” or “elements.” This just made me think of our fixation with ourselves ‘I’ rather than the ‘We’.
Just another awesome doorway
Stairway to heaven?
We stopped at Rodeo Goat for some late brunch and enjoyed looking at their Goat art as well 🙂
As always, it is a whole different experience seeing an artwork in person, from the brush strokes to the shine to the lack of brush strokes. Seeing the painting from different perspectives.. how the painting draws your eye.. tugs at your heart, makes you feel is a personal experience. Seeing it online is like seeing a trailer or a preview. Hope you get to go see all the awesome art at The Modern!
Address: 3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107