Art
“Pomegranate Grouping” nicely embodies Ivey’s abstract realism. Courtesy David Wharton

Carol Ivey’s Illuminations

Think twice before labeling this Fort Worth painter’s work “decorative.”
JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth painter Carol Ivey knows exactly when she fell in love with natural light. In the early 1980s, she was awarded an arts fellowship to work for 11 weeks on a small island called Ossabaw off the coast of Georgia. There ...


“Fromage” could have been perfect if Smith had been less literal.

Uplifted Spirit

Heavy-handedness keeps Jerry Smith’s exhibit from achieving glory.
ANTHONY MARIANI
In the annals of Fort Worth contemporary art, Vernon Fisher probably looms the largest. And for good reason. The veteran multimedia artist and painter is a complete badass. There’s really nothing that pops up in his head that...



Fantasy and color combine in painterly ways in Patrick Nagatani and Andree Tracey’s “Alamogordo Blues.”

In Living Color!

Amon Carter’s new exhibit isn’t comprehensive but still says a lot.
CHRISTOPHER BLAY
The new exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art contains all of its color in a black box. The entrance and exit to the galleries are darkened, resembling a camera obscura or dark chamber. These contraptions were used ...


Seattle artist Norie Sato incorporated local photographs into her mosaics.

Flying Down the Road

Beautifying a highway calls for some natural art.
EDWARD BROWN
In 2005, the Fort Worth City Council adopted the Southwest Parkway Master Plan, which outlined how the city would use art to blend features of the proposed Chisholm Trail toll road into the existing urban environment. Running f...



HOMECOMING! built crates from discarded IKEA furniture. Now to get the darn things to Sweden.

HOMECOMING! Takes Flight

The most significant art collective in town isn’t hamstrung by costs — but needs help.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Earlier this year, three entities interested in public art began a first-ever collaboration. The 13-member art collective HOMECOMING! Committee, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., and the taxpayer-funded nonprofit Fort Worth Public Art ...


Culture design winner and Art Institute student, Mark Mayr

Best Of Culture 2013

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Top Five Artworks “Attention Retention” by Bradly Brown Exhibited as part of his TCU MFA thesis at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Brown’s simple yet beguiling found-object piece –– three multicolored beach balls held a...



Ann Ekstrom’s “Night Bloomer” is on display at Artspace 111.

Plastic Nature, Naturally

Painter Ann Ekstrom shines at Artspace 111
ANTHONY MARIANI
Inspired by her mother, the late painter and printmaker Beth Lea Clardy, Fort Worth’s Ann Ekstrom has spent most of her professional life reconstituting trinkets, jewelry, and toys into quietly extravagant paintings. Her new ...


LBJ at home on the range. AP Photo/Bill Hudson

Presidential Lens

Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum hosts a spellbinding archival photo exhibit.
JEFF PRINCE
A photo exhibit at The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas is powerful enough to transport viewers into a time warp, even though many of the photos have been seen before. The American President: Photographs from the Archives of The As...



“Home to Ithaca,” a collage, depicts Odysseus at the bow of his ship, returning home in triumph.

An American Odyssey

The Romare Bearden exhibit at the Carter adapts the Homerian epic to trace the journey of black Americans.
EDWARD BROWN
Ancient Greek literature and modern American art seldom collide, let alone appear in the same museum exhibit. Seeing both through an African-American lens is an even rarer event, but such a mashup is now on display at the Amon ...


The Humphries brothers would go on to record with the legendary Roy Rogers and help create Western Swing music.

Early Fort Worth in Photos

An exhibit by the first family of photography in Fort Worth makes the rounds.
EDWARD BROWN
Before Fort Worth was a city of cowboys and culture, it was a city of, well, cowboys. The people of this not-so-long-ago time are documented beautifully in The Swartz Brothers: Fort Worth’s First Family of Photographers, a co...