Is Art Worth It?

Fort Worth is getting better at supporting middle-class artists but still has a long way to go.
corrected: Aug. 19. It’s the middle of summer, and most summertime exhibits at the museums and galleries are about to come down. Artists have retreated to their studios to create new works for the fall, so now is the perfect ...

This carved walrus-ivory harpoon counterweight from the Bering Sea is part of the Amon Carter’s Indigenous Beauty.

Going Native

Amon Carter Museum’s Indigenous Beauty leaves too much unexplained.
Kristian Lin
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is hard to get to right now because of the extensive remodeling that the venue is undergoing, which has shut down the parking lot. It makes sense that, for now, the museum isn’t taking i...

Sir Joshua Reynolds’ ravishing “The Ladies Waldegrave” is part of  Botticelli to Braque at the Kimbell. Courtesy National Galleries of Scotland

Scots Wha Hae

Cultural treasures from the U.K. (for now) come to the Kimbell.
Kristian Lin
A show like Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces From the National Gallery of Scotland doesn’t have much of a theme to coalesce around other than, “Wow, they have some nice things in that museum in Scotland.” Fortunately, t...

The accidental star of Casual Luxury Complex may be Frank, the once-missing pooch.

Casual Luxury Complex: Devon Nowlin

The Fort Worth painter takes her photorealism to new, anti-commercial heights at Artspace 111.
Anthony Mariani
  I’ve done it. You’ve done it. We’ve all done it. Somehow or another, you get sucked into a décor store –– Pier 1 Imports, say, or Pottery Barn –– and as you are being dragged around the gorgeous canopy bed...


Beer and Steampunk

Announcing the winner of this year’s Visionary Brew label contest, and Grandma Steampunk is in the house.
Fort Worth Weekly
You can’t beat the cigar-chomping pig. For this year’s Visionary Awards contest –– to design a label for a Rahr beer brewed in honor of the Weekly’s fourth annual Visionary Awards (three $500 checks given to three up-...

“Portrait (P. Lappat)” may be no match for “Sorrow.”

Framing Desire: The Big Picture

The Modern shows off its improved collection of photography and video.
“Portrait (P. Lappat)” is imposing in both scale and content, with a gaze that’s inescapable. Though it’s the first thing you see when you walk into Framing Desire: Photography and Video, up now at the Modern Art Museum...

There’s more to Jay Wilkinson than brilliant stuff like “De Hory,” the Fort Worth multimedia artist’s painted tribute to famed painter and forger Elmyr de Hory.

Jay Wilkinson Versus the World

This Fort Worth multimedia artist is enjoying solving the “problem” of art.
Edward Brown
Jay Wilkinson’s first works of art were inspired by comics but not in a Roy Lichtenstein kind of way. “I was dyslexic,” Wilkinson said, “so my mom gave me comics. Books were overwhelming. Comic books were cool because I...

Van Gogh’s “Enclosed Field with a Ploughman” is from 1889, not long before the tortured artist committed suicide.

Dabbling in Art

The first family of Fort Worth has an eye for (sometimes experimental) detail.
Laurie Barker James
Recent exhibits at the Kimbell Art Museum have included works from the Musée d’Orsay, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and private collections around the country. The Kimbell’s latest hails from closer to home. Much closer....

David Conn


Among the arts center’s overheated paintings and overthought conceptual pieces are some diamonds.
Anthony Mariani
Fort Worth Community Arts Center wants to get you in the mood. And then shove you face-first into a cold shower. Certainly in honor of the month in which Valentine’s Day falls, three exhibits –– the group shows The Art of...

Henri Fantin-Latour’s striking “A Studio at Les Batignolles” is a group portrait.

Impressive Faces

Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin, and several other revolutionary painters come to life at the Kimbell.
We just can’t shake him. On billboards, on buses, in publications like this one –– it seems that wherever we look, there’s Vincent van Gogh staring back at us. The legendary Dutch artist’s 1887 self-portrait, its vibr...