Get your culture on and experience the Texas landscape like you’ve never seen it before. “Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce” is a new exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, located in the heart of the Fort Worth cultural district, just 1 mile from Olympus 7th Street Station. This exhibition returns Spruce’s career and work to its rightful place in the history of American and Western art.
Born in Arkansas, in 1907, Everett Franklin Spruce became the most prominent painter from Texas in the first half of the 20th century, painting modern, visionary landscapes that presented an alternative to the stereotypical images of Texas as only a land of cattle and cowboys. Over time, however, with the rise of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, Spruce and his work fell into obscurity.
What Will You See?
This exhibition features 50 works tracing the evolution of Spruce’s art over 50 years as he adapted his style and subjects to the era in which he worked. According to the museum’s website, the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue highlight Spruce’s role as both a key figure in the development of modern art in Texas and a vital contributor to the narrative of modernist landscape painting in America.
Planning Your Visit
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is open Tuesday through Sunday and admission is free. Yep – free! The museum is currently operating with limited capacity and a number of health and safety measures in place, including requiring that face masks be worn by all staff and visitors. Check here for more information.
“Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce” will be on view until November 1, 2020. For more to see and do in the Fort Worth area, check out the Olympus 7th Street Station blog.