Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s

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"This book chronicles the Fort Worth Circle's distinctive output during the 1940s, the decade of their genesis and greatest innovation. These "genuine citizens of the world," as Hickey called them, possessed an unconventional vision that radically sidestepped the traditional art of post-Depression Texas. The members of the Circle responded to modern art by creating a unique aesthetic based on contemporary surrealism and abstraction, and they did so drawing from their own fertile imaginations." Among the legends and legendary figures in Fort
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Overview

"This book chronicles the Fort Worth Circle's distinctive output during the 1940s, the decade of their genesis and greatest innovation. These "genuine citizens of the world," as Hickey called them, possessed an unconventional vision that radically sidestepped the traditional art of post-Depression Texas. The members of the Circle responded to modern art by creating a unique aesthetic based on contemporary surrealism and abstraction, and they did so drawing from their own fertile imaginations." Among the legends and legendary figures in Fort Worth's past - and there are many - the artists of the Fort Worth Circle occupy a special place as pioneers of modern art in a city that is today one of the preeminent art meccas in the United States. This catalogue, published by the Amon Carter Museum to coincide with an exhibition by the same title, will remain the definitive source on their art and history for years to come.
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When thinking of the visual arts in Texas, one may think of Western art stereotypes such as regionalism (bucking broncos and stoic cowboys) or expensive modernism (the Rothko Chapel in Houston). This exhibition catalog, which offers a warm and perceptive portrait of bohemian Texas, is a marvelous introduction to a vibrant community of artists in Fort Worth during and after World War II. Two essays by cultural historians, highlights of the text, argue that the Fort Worth Circle was the first colony of artists in Texas to embrace a clearly nonregional (i.e., modernist) aesthetic. These artists were united more by affective ties than a common artistic vision. They were connected to trends in New York City and Europe, but their remoteness from major art centers lent a private quality to their art. For example, Dickson Reeder's stunning untitled portrait of fellow artist Sara Shannon depicts her showing an ace of spades. Reeder's clever use of pictorial space links Sara's forearms with a background that dramatically cants away from the viewer. With more than 130 full-color reproductions, the catalog also includes short biographies and photographs of the 11 artists of the Fort Worth Circle. Recommended for all libraries strong in the arts.
—Katherine C. Adams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883601037
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

SCOTT GRANT BARKER is a native Texan and cultural historian who specialized in the art history of the City of Forth Worth. He has contributed to numerous exhibitions, including First Light: Local Art and the Fort Worth Public Library, 1901-1961 (2001); Working at the Limits: Mid – 20th Century Texas Sculpture by Gene Owens, Ed Storms and Charles T. Williams (2006); and Sallie Mummert and Her Students, 1925 – 1945 (2006). The Fort Worth Circle and their place in the art history of Texas has been a focus of his research for fifteen years.JANE MYERS is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. She is the author and coauthor of several publications, including George Bellows: The Artist and His Liothographs (1998); The Shores of a Dream: Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s Early Work in America (1996); An American Collection: Works from the Amon Carter Museum (2001); and Celebrating America: Masterworks from Texas Collections (2002).

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Table of Contents

An unconventional vision : remembering the Fort Worth Circle Scott Grant Barker Barker, Scott Grant 11

Progressive rebels and true believers : how the Fort Worth Circle made art new Jane Meyers Meyers, Jane 35

Plates

Regionalism and beyond 75

The energy of escape : art, theater, and dance 91

Modern portraits 107

Prints : a hotbed of innovation 121

Reasonable unreality 145

Biographies of the artists of the Fort Worth Circle 184

Selected bibliography 195

List of figures 199

List of plates 201

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