This spring and summer, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is focusing on its world-class collection. Selections from the Permanent Collection includes approximately 130 works, covers both floors of the Museum, and features a number of works by Texas artists, including Ed Blackburn, Dennis Blagg, Julie Bozzi, Scott Gentling, Melissa Miller, Robert Rauschenberg, Rosson Crow, Erick Swenson, Nic Nicosia, Joseph Havel, as well as works from the Fort Worth Circle.
Chief Curator Michael Auping describes the installation, “It’s the nature of permanent collections that they seem familiar. Certain works demand to be up because of their art historical importance. What we have done in this case is create new juxtapositions, using works that haven’t been out in a while in relation to works that are the historical anchors of our collection.”
The first-floor galleries are arranged chronologically, beginning with Abstract Expressionism, moving through Field Painting, Pop art, and Minimalism. Many changes to the galleries have come incrementally over the past few months, including the installation of Ellsworth Kelly’s Dark Blue Panel (1986), Dark Green Panel (1986), and Red Panel (1986). According to Auping, “These panels represent a major statement by the artist. Reducing his vocabulary to color and shape, Kelly’s large-scale works make us aware of the architecture that contains it. These three bold panels resonate in the gallery with an almost three-dimensional presence.”
The second-floor galleries are arranged thematically and have been reorganized with new juxtapositions of familiar works in the Museum’s collection with select pieces that have not been on view in some time. The themes represented range from advertising, cinema, and consumerism to nature and landscapes to abstraction and figuration. A few of the works in the new installation include Hiraki Sawa’s Dwelling (2003), Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 171 (1988-90), Milton Avery’s Two Figures (1960), and Ron Mueck’s Untitled (Seated Woman) (1999), as well as David Bates’s Man with Snake (1995), a series of Art Magazine Ads (1988-89) by Jeff Koons, and Andreas Gursky’s Ruhrtal (1989).
Selections from the Permanent Collection is on view now through August 21, 2011.