In celebration of its 10th anniversary of the opening of the new building designed by Tadao Ando, the Modern Art of Museum of Fort Worth will present a significant, new installation by Jenny Holzer (b. 1950), her first to be acquired by the Museum.
This special commission will be unveiled at the gala on December 6,2012. The artist’s signature, kinesthetic light-emitting diode (LED) signs, will deliver Holzer’s controversial texts in “Ando blue,” including many of her famous truisms: MONEY CREATES TASTE; YOUR OLDEST FEARS ARE YOUR WORST ONES; SLIPPING INTO MADNESS IS GOOD FOR COMPARISON; MOTHERS SHOULDN’T MAKE TOO MANY SACRIFICES; LACK OF CHARISMA CAN BE FATAL.
Holzer’s glowing language will travel down long channels that extend from one end of a central, large clerestory gallery to a glass wall at the edge of the pond, creating rivers of text that give the illusion of penetrating the water. This major work, among other surprises, will give the collection a new look for the next decade.
New Exhibits Coming to The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
On view beginning September 9:
Kaws Companion (Passing Through) , 2010
On loan to the Modern as part of the 10th anniversary celebration, this colossal work-measuring 16 feet in height-depicts one of KAWS’s (b. 1974) iconic characters in three-dimensional form and will be installed at the entrance of the Museum. COMPANION (PASSING THROUGH) has traveled internationally over the past two years at such acclaimed venues as the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; the Standard Hotel, New York, New York; the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Aldrich, Connecticut; and Harbour City, Hong Kong.
On view by October 21:
Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #50A, 1970
Dan Flavin, Untitled (for you Leo, in long respect and affection) 4, 1978
Nicholas Nixon (b. 1947), The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts, 2011 is the newest addition in Nixon’s ongoing series of photographs, The Brown Sisters, initially acquired by the Modern in 2005.
Mark Bradford, Kingdom Day, 2010
Robyn O’Neil, These Final Hours Embrace At Last; This Is Our Ending, This Is Our Past, 2007
Howard Hodgkin, Ice, 2008-10
On view by November 16:
Vernon Fisher (b. 1943), The Coriolis Effect, 1987. A gift from the artist, this work was previously on view in the special exhibition, Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism.
Bruce Nauman, Studio Mix, 2010
Unveiled during gala on December 6. On view to the public December 7.
Jenny Holzer, title to be announced, 2012
10th Anniversary Events
Tuesday Evening Lecture Series
Tuesdays, 7 pm
September 11-David Dawson, artist and longtime assistant and friend of Lucian Freud
September 18-Nicholas Nixon, artist
September 25-Rosson Crow, artist
October 2-KAWS, artist
October 9-Martin Gayford, art critic, writer, and subject of the painting Man with a Blue Scarf by Lucian Freud
October 16-Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, founder and principal of Marlon Blackwell Architect
October 23-Michael Auping, chief curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
October 30-Gary Simmons, artist
November 13-Bruce Nauman, artist
November 27-Howard Rachofsky, art collector
December 4-Jenny Holzer, artist