June 2–September 8
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents David Park – A Retrospective, organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This is the first major museum exhibition in more than 30 years to present the powerfully expressive work of David Park (1911-1960), best known as the originator of Bay Area Figurative art.
In the immediate postwar years, Park, like most avant-garde American artists of his day, engaged with Abstract Expressionism and painted non-objectively. In a moment of passion in late 1949 or early 1950, he made the radical decision to abandon nearly all of his abstract canvases at an East Bay dump and return to the human figure, marking the beginning of the Bay Area Figurative movement.
David Park – A Retrospective traces the full arc of the artist’s career, from his early social realist efforts of the 1930s to his mature figurative paintings of the 1950s and his astounding final works on paper.
The exhibition features 114 works displayed chronologically, beginning with his biblically themed watercolors and illustrative scenes of everyday urban life from his early career in the mid-1930s. Subsequent galleries present the artist’s Picasso-inspired portraits and domestic scenes from the late 1930s and a series of small, idiosyncratic, surrealist-inflected paintings indebted to Joan Miró.
$16 adults; free for 17 and younger. Half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.