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Fort Worth Art. Check It Out.

December 21, 2011

There is a LOT of great artwork in Fort Worth. Here are some favorites–well worth taking the time to stop in and see:

Amy at The Modern

The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth is definitely worth checking out. One of my favorites is the Richard Serra sculpture on the museum grounds:

Richard Serra at the Modern

Tiny J. Kirk Richards in front of a giant Richard Serra at the Modern.

Richard Serra at the Modern, Fort Worth

Amy inside the Richard Serra sculpture, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Probably my favorite of the trip: this winged book by Anselm Kiefer. It reminded me of my own Angel painting from Nashville–the one with the book on a music stand.

Book with Wings, Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Amy next to Anselm Kiefer's Book with Wings

Book with Wings, Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Book with Wings, Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Book with Wings, Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Book with Wings, Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

I also loved this giant Anselm Kiefer painting. The textures were inches thick, peeling off the canvas:

Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Anselm Kiefer, at the Modern in Fort Worth

Also, when we visited the Modern, there was a giant retrospective of Diebenkorn paintings. Well worth seeing.

Across the street from the Modern is the Kimbell Museum of Art, with a more traditional collection of work. And just beyond that is the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, which we didn’t get a chance to visit.

Amy at the Kimbell

Amy at the Kimbell

The Kimbell was hosting a show of the school of Caravaggio. They had a few actual Caravaggio pieces, a few George de La Tour pieces, and a host of pieces by other artists of the same school. Here are some favorites from the permanent collection at the Kimbell:

Virgin and Child at the Kimbell Art Museum

Virgin and Child at the Kimbell Art Museum

I absolutely loved the above terra cotta piece attributed to Donatello. Amy’s favorite was the Frederic Lord Leighton below. I admit it was exquisite–the face is absolutely perfect.

Frederic Leighton at the Kimbell Museum

Frederic Leighton at the Kimbell Museum

Ancient works at the Kimbell

Ancient works at the Kimbell

I’ve also been fascinated for a long time now with the detail work in eastern stone carving. Here’s a close up of some intricate patterns on a figurative sculpture at the Kimbell.

In summary, there are at least three great museums within walking distance of each other in Fort Worth. Check them out.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cris permalink
    January 21, 2012 9:02 pm

    Yes, Kirk, the art in Fort Worth is fantastic. And it got considerably better last month!

  2. February 9, 2014 5:15 pm

    i am planning to see the Modern in March…should I? Guess that after reading your post I’ll just have to!

  3. February 9, 2014 5:16 pm

    how much time should I take out for it?

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