This week we spotlight two presentations by our local art museums about the works hanging in their collections. The Amon Carter starts things on Thursday with an unusual “talk back” session, in which members of the public are invited to inspect and give their opinions on Ben Shahn’s “World’s Greatest Comics,” a stylized rendering of two boys on an urban playground intently reading the comics page. Before Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Shahn had gotten to the hard barrier that had gone up between high and low culture, and this painting was his attempt to crack the wall.
The Kimbell comes in on Sunday with a DVD presentation called Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals. While the giants of the Venetian Renaissance before him (like Titian and Tintoretto) had painted in soft outlines, the 18th-century artist known as Canaletto painted cityscapes in crisp, sharply detailed outlines that rendered his bustling hometown with near-photographic clarity. No wonder his postcard-like paintings did a thriving business, especially among English tourists traveling through Venice. The documentary will not only show his paintings in their glory but also place Canaletto in context, near the end of Venice’s flowering as an artistic center.
The Amon Carter’s “talk back” sesssion is at 6pm Thu at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-989-5030.
Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals screens at 2pm Sun at Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-332-8451.