Two of Fort Worth’s major art museums open spectacular shows this week. The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece celebrates the museum’s anniversary with the best pieces from the permanent collection, including Caravaggio’s “The Cardsharps” and Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun’s “Self Portrait.” The exhibit won’t just be a trip through the museum’s past glories; it’ll also tie the museum’s past to its future with extensive architectural drawings and models, both from Louis Kahn’s original design and from Renzo Piano’s addition, currently under construction.
Meanwhile, the Amon Carter Museum brings in To See as Artists See, a magnificent touring show from the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Some seven decades’ worth of modern art by American masters will be on display, including Jackson Pollock’s early “Composition,” Thomas Eakins’ brooding portrait of “Miss Amelia Van Buren,” and works by Georgia O’Keefe, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko that showcase their signature styles. This extraordinary treasure trove of our nation’s art history is here through the new year. Like the Kimbell’s show, admission is free.
The Kimbell at 40 runs Oct 7-Dec 30 at Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-332-8451.
To See As Artists See runs Oct 6-Jan 6 at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-1933.