David Bates is a Dallas-based artist known predominantly for his expressively rendered paintings and sculptures of landscapes, people, and objects derived from personal experience to portray universal and timeless themes, such as the compelling relationship between man and nature. Bates’ work has a broad and devoted following thanks to what Justin Spring describes as a “combination of sophistication, soulfulness, and accessibility,” in the newly released book David Bates, published by the Modern. The comprehensive and beautifully designed monograph is the basis of this Tuesday Evening lecture, as the artist shares the developments and discoveries of his notable career.
Callum Innes, an artist living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland, is known for his meditative process of applying and removing paint until he achieves the perfect balance of give-and-take in his monochrome works. Short-listed for the 1995 Turner Prize and similarly recognized throughout his career, Innes’s paintings are pure in their approach while complex in their effect. The Modern’s collection includes Exposed Painting: Mars Black, 2002, part of a series for which Innes has become known. For Tuesday Evenings Innes presents his entire body of serene and enigmatic paintings.
Michael Auping, the Modern’s Chief Curator, brings Declaring Space: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein to Fort Worth. The works created by these artists had a dramatic effect on the complex development of space and color in abstract painting as it evolved in the years following World War II. For Tuesday Evenings Auping provides insight into these artists’ profound influence on a set of spatial themes evoked in abstract art in the latter half of the twentieth century, which led to the engagement of what Auping terms as “a new realm of abstract theater.”