Modern Art Museum and the Kimbell Art Museum

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Modern Art Museum entrance.

Padre and I stopped in Weatherford, TX for the weekend and I decided to take advantage of the free time to explore a couple of art museums in Fort Worth's Cultural District!

The cultural district is a little area filled with museums and the well loved Botanical Gardens. i wished I had the time to visit it all, but I guess it only gives me a reason to return and see more!

I got up early, highly out of character for me on a no-work day, and headed toward the museums. HAd a bit of trouble finding the Modern Art Museum. The buildings just did not read as museums to me; They looked more like university libraries or something similar.

Michelangelo Pistoletto - 'The Etruscan'
. plus the signage was not as obvious as other city museums. I am curious to know it this was intentional or an overlooked detail on the behalf of the designers.

Either way, I do eventually find the museum and a great parking spot by the front entrance. Loads of people are walking in between the Modern and the Kimbell and I know from the beginning that I will be doing the same thing.

I started with the Modern, because I have been on a Modern Art kick lately. I go through art phases like some go through hairstyles..

The building was huge and it felt colossal with its thick cement walls, high ceilings and layers of window glass! Though I don't think the building was nearly as large as it felt. I was happily surprise to learn that I came on the right day and was allowed to see the exhibits for free!!! (the first Sunday of every month!!)

I started with the downstairs and worked my way back then up.

Anselm Kiefer - 'Aschenblume' - scale to man
Each gallery led into more galleries and often to unassuming hallways which led to little artful surprises around the corner. The layout worked well in stimulating interest and dialogue amongst the visitors. I had a enjoyable conversation with one of the museum attendants about the sensuality and intimacy seen in Robert Motherwell's mark making compared to the other Abstract Expressionists - some of the others, De Kooning for example, sometimes have this automatic machine artist quality..... The Attendant had a theory that, based on the angle of the brush strokes, Motherwell was left handed. I told him he should write a book about suspected Left handed artists and how the left hand may have been the recipe to their success :P.  - I have a knack for coming up with great book ideas. :)

The museum had several pieces by the prolific German Artist, Anselm Kiefer.

Bror Utter - Presence - LOVED this watercolor
His work, if you read about it, will slowly stir some ideas and emotions.. He is not afraid to be personal with his work and is not afraid to try unconventional media i.e the ten foot dead sunflower in "Aschenblume". Amazing artist and well worth knowing about!

This museum had something that could please anyone! even the most stout anti modern art viewers.. In addition to the Warhols and Flavins there was also a small gallery exhibiting work from the Fort Worth Circle - A group of artist friends dating back to the 1950's who were responsible for the growth of art in the Fort Worth area.. I wish they had more than a small barely lit gallery space. I wasn't too crazy about the work on display nealry as much as I wanted to know more about the circle. There was one watercolor piece that I loved by the artist Bror Utter.

The Kimbell Art Entrance.

After a couple of hours of walking around and taking photos I make my way back downstairs to check out the museum store and then head to the Kimbell Art museum.

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum was located across the little side street. LIke the Modern, it too does not read as an Art Museum. The signage was small and easy to overlook. The entrance was concealed by building's architecture. A little drive way curving in front gave this feeling that I was, at first, walking up to the wrong door.. Again I wonder if that was intentional or and overlooked detail.. 

The Kimbell was free to enter, but the special exhibit required a purchased ticket. At this point I was kind of feeling a little museumed out, the growing crowds and hot temps were becoming more apparent, but still I wanted to see more art.

Classic bronze head

The interior exhibit space of the Kimbell was smaller than the Modern and the little side gallery spaces felt a bit more crowded. The exhibit as a whole was diverse and well put together. There was a mix of Classic sculpture, Dutch, Italian and French masters, some impressionists, a few Medieval Christian pieces and a small collection of African sculpture downstairs.  

My favorite piece from the permanent collection was by the Belgian artist James Ensor  titled - 'Skeletons Warming Themselves'. The piece reflected memories from his childhood when skeletal remains from 17th century bloodshed and battles were still commonly found in fields and shores. Ensor used these vivid images as commentary for "the human condition". Based on the additional imagery of a violin and palette, one assumes Ensor's grim commentary was aimed at the arts.

James Ensor - 'Skeletons Warming Themselves'
 -  It was a strong message that resonates loudly with the struggle of artists in todays tight economy. 

The Kimbell always promotes a special exhibit. This season it was Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment 1910-1912. It was about the collaboration between the two artists in forming the beginning of Cubism.. Picasso is often granted full credit for this historic art phenomenon, but Braque was equally involved with the Cubist development. Just so you know!:) 

It was a very interesting show to view, again very crowded as it was a popular exhibit, rightfully so. I wished I had came on a weekday morning when less people would have been there. It would have been easier for me to move about the gallery and examine the artwork without feeling like I was in somebody else's way.

If your around in Fort Worth are and the exhibit is still up I highly recommend checking it out!!! its worth the $8 general ticket. I thought it was very smart of the museum to set the exhibit up with education in mind. Similar pieces from both artists were hanging side by side and detail descriptions about the technique, inspiration and thought process were posted. Viewers were able to compare Picasso with Braque and see first hand the development of one of the most inspirational art movements. There was even a wall with several blocks depicting the various mark making techniques that both artists used and experimented with.

  

After  I was finished with the exhibit I wandered the Museum store, saw loads of books that I wanted to buy, but did not. Gotta save for the next big trip abroad! From there I walked back to my car and returned to the hotel room, a bit exhausted, and checked on how my father was doing with his truck.  

 

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Modern Art Museum entrance.
Modern Art Museum entrance.
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Michelangelo Pistoletto - 'The Et…
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Bror Utter - Presence - LOVED this…
Bror Utter - Presence - LOVED thi…
The Kimbell Art Entrance.
The Kimbell Art Entrance.
Classic bronze head
Classic bronze head
James Ensor - Skeletons Warming T…
James Ensor - 'Skeletons Warming …
Adolph Gottlieb - Apaquogue
Adolph Gottlieb - 'Apaquogue'
Clifford Still - 1956 No.1
Clifford Still - 1956 No.1
Ben Shahn - Allegory 1948
Ben Shahn - Allegory 1948
David Hockney - adhesiveness 1960
David Hockney - adhesiveness 1960
Francis Bacon - Self Portrait
Francis Bacon - Self Portrait
Anselm Kiefer - Books with wings
Anselm Kiefer - Books with wings
Anselm Kiefer - Aschenblume
Anselm Kiefer - 'Aschenblume'
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Anselm Kiefer - 'Aschenblume' - …
Anselm Kiefer - Aschenblume  - s…
Anselm Kiefer - 'Aschenblume' - …
Sam Francis - mako series
Sam Francis - mako series
Elsworth Kelly
Elsworth Kelly
Robert Rauschenberg - Whistle Stop…
Robert Rauschenberg - Whistle Sto…
Jess - Montana Xibalba:translation…
Jess - Montana Xibalba:translatio…
Floor piece
Floor piece
Tree Sculpture in back
Tree Sculpture in back
Donald Judd
Donald Judd
Hamish Fulton
Hamish Fulton
Flavin
Flavin
Martin Puryear - Ladder for Booker…
Martin Puryear - Ladder for Booke…
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Lucas Samaras - Stiff Box 10
Lucas Samaras - Stiff Box 10
Daisy Youngblood - Donkey
Daisy Youngblood - Donkey
Fort Worth Circle gallery space
Fort Worth Circle gallery space
Bror Utter
Bror Utter
Martin Pury
Martin Pury
Ron Mueck - Seated Woman - She rem…
Ron Mueck - Seated Woman - She re…
Ron Mueck - Seated Woman
Ron Mueck - Seated Woman
Milton Avery - Two Figures
Milton Avery - Two Figures
Susan Rothenberg - Cabin Fever
Susan Rothenberg - Cabin Fever
Claes Oldenburg - Tube and Contents
Claes Oldenburg - Tube and Contents
Anselm Kiefer - Quaternity
Anselm Kiefer - 'Quaternity'
Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman
Eric Swenson - Untitled 2000
Eric Swenson - Untitled 2000
Sean Scully - Catherine Series
Sean Scully - Catherine Series
Sean Scully - Catherine Series
Sean Scully - Catherine Series
Nancy Graves
Nancy Graves
Frank Stella
Frank Stella
Kneeling Mother and child - Africa…
Kneeling Mother and child - Afric…
Winged Deities - Assyrian
Winged Deities - Assyrian
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Greek headless maiden...
Jean-Baptiste-Camille- Corot. ( wh…
Jean-Baptiste-Camille- Corot. ( w…
Matisse - LAsie (Asia)
Matisse - 'L'Asie' (Asia)
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Joshua Reynolds - 'Miss Anna Ward…
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Attributed to Gian Cristoforo Rom…
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