Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Collection Highlights is the most extensive survey of the Museum’s collection to date, the museum said in a news release.
The publication features 220 works of art by more than 150 artists and illuminates the Modern’s extraordinary holdings in painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, installation, film, and video.
Seventeen years have passed since the Modern celebrated the grand opening of its Tadao Ando–designed building in December 2002 with an exhibition and publication devoted to the Museum’s permanent collection.
Lee Hallman, associate curator at the Modern, organized the new project, which the museum said will remain the authoritative book about the collection for many years to come.
“The expanded and redesigned catalogue accounts for the significant growth of the Museum’s holdings in the intervening years,” says Hallman. “The volume reflects the expanding breadth and depth of our permanent collection and our continuing efforts to broaden the diversity of perspectives represented in our galleries. It has been our aim to produce a book that is accessible, informative, and appealing to the casual visitors, students, scholars, and artists alike who make up our viewing public.”
Hallman’s introductory essay explores the institution’s fascinating origins — established in 1892 by 20 visionary and enterprising women, it is the oldest museum in Texas — and the dynamic evolution of its acquisition program.
Collection Highlights features works by modern masters including Francis Bacon, Dan Flavin, Philip Guston, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol.
Those appear alongside examples by many of the most internationally recognized artists living and working today, such as Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mark Bradford, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Puryear, Gerhard Richter, Sean Scully, Cindy Sherman, Frank Stella, and Kehinde Wiley.
The book also surveys the Modern’s holdings of modern and contemporary Texas-based artists, from the Fort Worth Circle of the 1930s and 1940s to renowned living artists David Bates, Julie Bozzi, Vernon Fisher, and Hubbard / Birchler. Popular visitor favorites by KAWS, Ron Mueck, and Takashi Murakami are also prominently highlighted.
Each work is represented with a full-color image and paired with an informative text. Interspersed are longer essays about artists whose work the Museum has acquired in depth.
Today, the Museum’s holdings comprise nearly 3,000 works of art. With dates spanning from 1940 to 2018, the selections highlighted in this book provide an opportunity to celebrate both the Modern’s rich cultural history and its ongoing commitment to the art of our time, the news release said.
In addition to Hallman, the book includes articles by Michael Auping, Independent curator and Chief Curator emeritus, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Frances Colpitt, Deedie Rose Chair of Art History, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth; Alison Hearst, Associate Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Andrea Karnes, Senior Curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth;
S. Janelle Montgomery, Curatorial Assistant, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and Mark Thistlethwaite, Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth:
Published by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Publication date: November 2019
Publication list price: Hardcover $65; softcover $48.
Available through the Modern Shop online (https://shop.themodern.org/) and directly from the Modern Shop.
Specifications: 10.9 × 10 × 1.7 inches (276 × 255 × 42 mm) Weight per copy approximately 4.9 lbs (2.2 kg)
404 pages, 222 color illustrations
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