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The Modern acquired nine new works in honor of its tenth anniversary. Jenny Holzer's site-specific light installation, Kind of Blue, was unveiled recently.
Mark Bradford's painting Kingdom Day (2010).
Robyn O'Neil's charcoal drawing These Final Hours Embrace At Last; This Is Our Ending, This Is Our Past (2007).
Bruce Nauman's video and sound installation, called Studio Mix (2010).
Dan Flavin's light sculpture, Untitled (for you Leo, in long respect and affection) 4 (1978).
Despite its relative youth, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with its Y-shaped beams and steel-and-glass facade, is an iconic building amid a cultural district already abundant with architectural gems.
Adjacent to Louis Kahn?s stunning Kimbell and down the street from the Philip Johnson-designed Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Modern has stood for ten years, drawing plenty of visitors purely on its Tadao Ando-engineered splendor.
But that?s not to say the artworks within are small potatoes. From Anselm Kiefer to Francis Bacon, Gilbert & George to Rothenberg and Rothko, the Modern?s 2,600-plus holdings (most of which were in the collection before the museum moved down Lancaster Avenue in 2002) inspire and certainly induce awe.
So it?s fitting that the museum is toasting its tenth anniversary in the building with a number of impressive acquisitions.
You?ll certainly be drawn to Jenny Holzer?s site-specific light installation called Kind of Blue, with its effective river of indigo text. And other works by Sol LeWitt, Mark Bradford and local artist Vernon Fisher are similarly transfixing in scope. You can?t miss KAWS?s 16-foot-tall sculpture Companion (Passing Through), which is passing through (on loan) in honor of the museum?s celebration.
For the Modern, the new art merely accentuates an already stellar building--and collection.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth; 817-738-9215 or themodern.org
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