Alexander Calder’s “Trois Oignons” is up for sale at the Modern’s From the Vault auction.

The thing about being a modern art museum is that, if you hang on to your artworks long enough, they’re not modern anymore. That’s what the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is facing with some of its pieces, so it’s holding From the Vault this weekend. The museum’s curators have culled more than 200 artworks that they feel no longer serve its purpose of presenting contemporary art, so the museum will be auctioning those off in what looks to be a very ritzy garage sale.

Some big names will be featured in the bidding, including a silkscreen of a poster designed by Robert Motherwell for the 1968 Spoleto Festival and Alexander Calder’s lithograph of three onions. The auction is on Sunday, with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served and $100 of your ticket price being redeemable toward whatever art you might purchase. However, if you don’t have that kind of cash to throw around, you can simply drop in the previous day and preview the works before they leave the museum for private hands.



The From the Vault preview is 10am-5pm Sat. The auction is 4:30pm Sun. Both events are at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $10 for the preview, $100-125 for the auction. Call 817-738-9215.