Spring Art Roundup

After spending the winter hibernating, it is time to wake up and participate in Fort Worth’s art scene.

While one artist provokes patrons to discuss social problems through sharing meals and T-shirt factories at his exhibit, another gallery invites anybody from the community to participate and hang his or her masterpiece whether he or she is an “artist” or not.
With spring comes new life, and Fort Worth has a fresh addition—the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion, which has revealed its first traveling exhibition, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. Patrons’ imagination of what these noble warriors were like will run wild once they see this artistry in the armor. These warriors of Japan’s upper echelons followed Confucian principles and Zen Buddhism, and the armor incorporates these principles into the intricate design. If you’re hungry for more, on March 7, April 4 and May 2, the Kimbell will periodically show films allowing a peek into the life of a samurais. And don’t miss cellist David Finckel and pianists Wu Han and Jon Nakamatsu at Cliburn at the Kimbell in the new Piano Pavilion auditorium, March 27 and April 17.
Another fresh idea is born this spring. For the first time, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will collaborate on an exhibit featuring sculptor and painter David Bates. He breaks traditional rules of proportion and perspective to create scenes in American culture. Expect to see anything from self-portraits and Texas landscapes to his soul-stirring images of Hurricane Katrina. And world-renowned conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija has a surprise for Fort Worth patrons. Through his art, Tiravanija acts as a catalyst for social exchanges by bringing people together over a meal or even a T-shirt factory.
Are you an artist? It doesn’t matter. Drop your craft or masterpiece off at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, March 1-3, to display through March 30 for their “2014 Biennial” exhibition. This open invitation only comes once every two years on even numbered years. The biennial exhibition celebrates local art regardless of artists’ experience or age. This is also a fresh way to discover local undiscovered talent. In April, the center will showcase artwork from Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus art professors.
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art has a lot going on, but their Family Fun Week is a great way to get everyone involved exploring this year’s theme: earth, wind, fire and water in The Natural World in Art. And the exhibit Art and Appetite allows readers to explore America’s story and changing ideologies through images of food and food-related items.
Artspace 111 is doing something that hasn’t been done before. Remember the Fort Worth celebrity artists Dan and Dennis Blagg? They are twins, but both extremely and uniquely talented. Well, there’s more! Gallery director Margery Gossett will put together a show with the talented Blagg brothers for the show Sibling Revelry. Dan is known for his realist urbanscape oil paintings, and Dennis is known for his landscape oil paintings. They both live here in Fort Worth.