Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective is the first full-scale survey of the work of this important San Francisco–based artist. Organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and SFMOMA Curator of Painting and Sculpture Janet Bishop in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition is the most comprehensive presentation of Bechtle's work to date. Since his work emerged in the context of New or Photo-realism in the late 1960s, Bechtle's genre scenes, streetscapes, and images of cars have become icons of middle-class American culture.
Dan Flavin: A Retrospective, the first comprehensive exhibition of Flavin's career, presents approximately 50 objects and installations, most of which use the medium of fluorescent light, along with drawings, sketches, and collage-constructions. Michael Auping, chief curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, notes, "Dan Flavin's light installations may be the closest thing we have to a contemporary sublime.
One of the most popular works of art in the Modern's collection, Ruckus Rodeo by New York artist Red Grooms, will be installed in the Museum's new building for the first time, coinciding with the 2005 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. Ruckus Rodeo is an immense, walk-through work of art that covers 1,237 square feet of gallery space. It consists of painted two-dimensional surfaces and sculptural three-dimensional figures that re-create the Fort Worth rodeo.
One of the Museum's most significant holdings is its comprehensive collection of works by Robert Motherwell. Numbering fifty objects — paintings, collages, prints, and sketches — this body of work offers a special opportunity to examine and appreciate the creative range of this major modernist artist. 000Robert Motherwell is one of the figureheads of Abstract Expressionism, arguably the most important movement in the history of American art.
The work of Parisian artist Pierre Huyghe (HEW-ig) has won international acclaim and has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions in recent years. In 2002 Huyghe was awarded the prestigious fourth biennial Hugo Boss Prize, given by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, and in 2001 he was chosen to represent France in the 49th Venice Biennale. Pierre Huyghe: One Million + Kingdoms presents three video projects by Huyghe.
Julie Bozzi's landscapes depict the spaces between the picturesque events others tend to seek out as they scan a panorama. What they lack in heroic impact, however, they make up for in their subconscious familiarity as American places. A resident of Texas since 1980, Bozzi often paints areas around Fort Worth and Dallas, along the Gulf Coast, and in the eastern Texas Piney Woods. Her approach involves sitting in her car near dusk in front of the chosen site and painting directly onto the canvas. The format of her works - narrow vistas - echoes the view through her car windshield.
Joan Mitchell was a central figure of the second generation Abstract Expressionists. Although highly regarded by critics and fellow artists, Mitchell's achievement has never received full public recognition. The Paintings of Joan Mitchell, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, covers the artist's entire career, from 1951 until her death, featuring nearly 50 works both intimate and grand in scale.
Philip Guston Retrospective offers the most comprehensive survey of the artist's work to date. Almost a quarter century since the artist's last in-depth retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1979, this exhibition includes rarely seen works from the Guston estate. Also include in this comprehensive survey is a revealing survey of drawings that act as both prelude to and restatement of each stage of the artist's career.
In the "culmination of a great deal of hard work and generosity," the new Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will open the first exhibition in its new building in mid-December.