The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, FOCUS: Leidy Churchman

Image credit: Leidy Churchman, Buddhadharma Fever, 2019, Oil on linen, 86 1/8 x 102 1/8 inches


January 22, 2021 to March 21, 2021


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3200 Darnell Street,
Fort Worth, TX, 76107

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The FOCUS series is presented by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and features three solo exhibitions each year. Started in 2005, this series is committed to introducing visitors to emerging artists gaining worldwide acclaim and showing the work of esteemed mid-career artists previously under-recognized in the region. The FOCUS series is organized by Associate Curator Alison Hearst. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general Museum admission.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents FOCUS: Leidy Churchman, featuring several recent paintings by the American artist Leidy Churchman. Drawing on the postmodern idea that no subject is forbidden, Churchman’s imagery is wide-ranging, mirroring the sheer abundance and circulation of visual information today.

The paintings treat equally such subjects as animals, landscapes, themes from Tibetan Buddhism, real estate advertisements, and remakes of works by other artists, from Henri Rousseau to Barbara Kruger.

Churchman begins a painting with an interest in knowing their chosen subjects through observation, and they often use images from the internet as source material. As they stated in a Bomb Magazine interview, “I love the surprise element that comes from giving attention to an image. There is always more to be seen. The surprise comes from the thing, or idea, merging with painting. The painting ultimately takes over. It is more powerful than the information.”

Churchman’s approach is an exercise in being present and taking stock of the surrounding world. FOCUS: Leidy Churchman will be the artist’s first museum exhibition in the Southwest.

Leidy Churchman was born in Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1979 and currently lives in New York. Churchman’s work has been shown at museums including MoMA PS1 in New York, Museum Brandhorst in Munich, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The artist has had solo exhibitions at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, Boston University Art Gallery, and the Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.