A visionary storyteller, Esther Pearl Watson (b. 1973) blends memories and imagination to capture her Texas upbringing. A mural-size painting (about 13 feet tall and 10 feet wide), Pasture Cows Crossing Indian Creek, was created specifically for the Amon Carter’s atrium. It is part of the museum’s program of rotating contemporary artworks in the atrium space and an exciting addition to an ongoing exploration of Texas artists and their contributions to modern American art.
Although they were contemporaries, Frederic Remington (1861–1909) and Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) could hardly have been more different. This focused exhibition of paintings and sculptures selected from the Amon Carter’s extensive collection offers visitors an opportunity to gain insight into dissimilarities between the two artists. Remington and Russell followed their own unique paths to become the greatest practitioners of the art of the American West. Yet, regardless of their differences, they not only manifested the Western Myth, they were largely responsible for creating it.
Edward Weston (1886–1958) and his son Brett (1911–1993) were both master photographers. Yet rarely is their work shown together. Featuring twenty-three prints, this exhibition offers an unusual opportunity to compare the visions of these two artists and to see how each balanced recording the world’s direct appearance with a sense of abstraction.
This exhibition showcases approximately thirty works from the museum’s collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century still lifes. Organized in celebration of the recent acquisition of Raphaelle Peale’s Peaches and Grapes in a Chinese Export Basket (1812), the exhibition includes works from across the collection including paintings by the trompe l‘oeil masters William Harnett and John Frederick Peto, vibrant floral subjects by Georgia O’Keeffe and Arthur Dove, prints by Louis Lozowick, and photographs by Wynn Bullock and Carlotta Corpron.
Industrious field mice, frolicking squirrels, fierce otters, and fearsome wild cats are just some of the stars of this selection of hand-painted prints by famed scientist and artist John James Audubon (1785–1851). Although we know Audubon today primarily for his devotion to birds, he was more than a chronicler of flying creatures. This exhibition features some of his greatest depictions of North America’s four-legged animals in their natural habitats, from swamps to savannahs.