Dan is a big fan of the Kimbell Musem, which has one of the biggest collections of European masters in this country; this was our third visit. This time there were a number of frustrations involved. The Kimbell is in one of the greatest buildings in this country, by Louis I. Kahn; his name is not so well-known, but he is considered a model for architectural trends. His thing was simplicity, concrete, and reflecting pools. I recall the serenity created by the pools around the building, and the light patterns they created in the arched porches. Serenity no more. The lovely building has been surrounded by construction, its pools are dry, the Isamu Noguchi sculpture garden is dry and forlorn, all the delicate trees that softened the ferocious Texas heat are gone. Everything is construction debris and promises.
Their big attraction was that they had their permanent collection arranged in the order it was acquired. That means a magnificent standing Boddisattva might be shown next to a work by Mondrian. Is that helpful? No, it is not. Museum directors like to think that making comparisons across periods of history and art forms is going to stimulate our appreciation. Rubbish. Much more revealing to keep things together that were created under similar influences, and are even reacting to each other. Anyway, we buzzed about for an hour and a half, cherry-picking our favorite works.
|The Cardsharps by Caravaggio, c. 1595|
|The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs by Georges de la Tour, c. 1634|
|The Torment of St. Anthony by Michelangelo, 1487 or 1488|
Fortunately The Modern Art Museum is right across the street from the Kimbell, marked by a towering sculpture by Richard Serra.
|Vortex by Richard Serra, 2002|
|Interior reflecting pool at The Modern|
|Book with Wings by Anselm Kiefer, 1992-1994|
|Ladder for Booker T. Washington by Martin Puryear, 1996|
|Twenty-five Colored Marilyns (detail) by Andy Warhol, 1962|
|Entrance of Amon Carter Museum|
Architect: Philip Johnson
The Amon Carter has American art, with a specialty in Remington and Russell. It is one of Dan's favorite museums. They have some real classics, such as Eakins' "Swimming." These are all Dan's photos.
|Indian Women Moving (detail) by Charles M. Russell, 1898|
|The Smoke Signal by Frederic Remington, 1905|
|Thunderstorm on Narragansett Bay by Martin Johnson Heade, 1868|
|Swimming by Thomas Eakins, 1885|
|Crossing the Pasture by Winslow Homer, 1872|
|White Birch by Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925|
It was 85 degrees at 5:15 when we were driving back to Dallas. Thunderheads were gathering in the east; very pretty.
We talked about finding some place more interesting to eat, but we were pretty tired and we have a long day's driving tomorrow, so we ate here at the hotel again. This time we split the turf n surf. Dan had the filet mignon; I had the prawns. The veggies were fresh. It was all okay. We haven't had a special meal in a few days now.
Our Hilton Garden Inn here in Fort Worth definitely takes the prize for speedy elevators and abundant hot water. And Dan got a week-end deal where we paid only $89 per night and got one of the three nights free. It takes some persistence and negotiation to get these hotel deals, but Dan has got what it takes.