Friday, July 6, 2007

crown jewels

although f and I focused mostly on visiting with family during our recent trip to fort worth we were able to weave in a few other delights including a couple excursions down to the cultural district. over the years fort worth has evolved into a mecca for top notch art and cultural institutions. one of the latest jewels is the modern art museum of fort worth.

although visiting the modern wasn't on our list of things to do as we had visited it fairly recently, when I heard word that it was hosting the ron mueck exhibition it flew to the top of my 'to do' list. if you haven't heard of mueck, I expect you will.

earlier this year this traveling exhibit was at the brooklyn museum of art and I was disappointed that I didn't have an excuse to get into nyc. with all the travel I had going on I couldn't rationalize making a trip to nyc with the expressed purpose of seeing the mueck show. mueck is a contemporary sculptor who creates these amazing hyperrealistic pieces of art. the thing that totally blows me away about these works is the scale of his pieces (the viewer becomes gulliver when experiencing a mueck piece - for the pieces are either gargantuan or tiny and fairly-like). well the scale and the detail - how he captures all the little imperfections of the human body is incredible. I was totally fascinated with the feet.

just a brief mention about the building of the modern which is a masterpiece of modern art in itself. designed by tadao ando the building occupies a prime piece of property within the city's cultural district. if architecture is your thing the modern and the marvelous kimball (which is right next door) are reasons enough to visit fort worth. designed by the brilliant architect louis kahn the space within the kimball enhances each work which is displayed within it's walls. of course the kimball will always hold a special place in my heart. the kimball was the destination for f's and my first 'date' (although I don't think you would have ever had us describe our outings as dates - folks like us didn't 'date'). anyhow f is the love of my life and has been my partner for almost thirty-one years - september marks the 31st anniversary of our first trip to the kimball - magically to attend an exhibition of les fauves. how fitting is that!

6 comments:

Polly Jean said...

nice new look!!

Ms. Mamma said...

Si, si senorita! This sculpture of the man over there.. is that life size? Very interesting, indeed. Thanks for the art injection.

kimy said...

the dimensions for the guy crouching is 81 1/4 x 47 1/2 x 80 1/2 (I bought some postcards of some of the sculptures & they give the dimensions so don't think I some type of savant!) considering he's sitting I'd say he's downright enormous! you are most welcome....any ol' time.

msb said...

Great stuff in the museum but I can't imagine that in my living room. thank god for museums.

gemellen said...

i love the kimball --- it's where i first discovered modigliani when i was a teen! great good memories.

jafabrit said...

wow, I would have LOVED to see Ron Meuck's work. I used to live in Plano tx and loved visiting Fort Worth. Looks like it was a fab visit.