Trees I Would Hug

Fall really is my favorite season. Even in Fort Worth the changing color palete is lovely. Here are works from our collection that include three of the trees that really say "Texas" to me.

The tree that makes cooks rush to their grills:

Laura Gilpin, [Mesquite Tree and Flowers}, Apr. 1946, Gelatin silver print

Laura Gilpin, [Mesquite Tree and Flowers], Apr. 1916. Gelatin silver print. @1979, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Bequest of the artist.

Our state tree:

Blanche McVeigh, Pecan Grove, aquatint and etching, 1932

Blanche McVeigh, Pecan Grove, aquatint and etching, 1932.

Finally, our local go-to evergreen:

Laura Gilpin, Live Oak Tree, Gelatin silver print, 1946.

Laura Gilpin, Live Oak Tree, Gelatin silver print, 1946, @1979, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Gift of the artist.

A Self-Portrait in the Plaza

Check out this photograph by preparator Les Hofheinz, made while cleaning and re-waxing the three large Henry Moore sculptures on the Carter's plaza. This work is done each year during a period of mild, dry weather (something we don't see much of here in Fort Worth), and helps protect the sculptures from our ice storms and searing heat.

Les took this photo from the scaffolding around the Moore...and then boosted the saturation a bit. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?


Photo of the Week: Ansel Adams

This week's photo is from the Carter's exhibition, Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light, which closes this week. Sunday is your last chance to see this (and many other) Ansel Adams photographs in person!

Ansel Adams, Leaf, Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska
Ansel Adams (1902–1984), Leaf, Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska, gelatin silver print , ca. 1948, ©2010 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

A Pumpkin Camera?

We here at the Carter love all kinds of photographic geekery, and NPR's instructions for making a camera from a pumpkin are no exception (and a nice alternative to your basic Thanksgiving hand turkey)!

Dress for Halloween Success

Although I haven't readied my costume for Halloween I believe I will have to search far and wide to find something that will be as great as the folks in these works from our photography collection.

Edward Weston, The Goldfish (Yvonne Verlaine). Platinum print, 1916

Edward Weston, The Goldfish (Yvonne Verlaine), Platinum print, 1916

This photograph was featured in the spring, but it's worth a second look. I hope my costume has as much panache.

Karl Struss, [Johannes Sembach in costume standing beside lake], autochrome, ca. 1918

Karl Struss, [Johannes Sembach in costume standing beside lake], autochrome, ca. 1918

Join the Conversation!

The Rangers have gotten lots of support from the local arts community this week. The Star-T even picked up on the conversation. We want you to join the conversation now! Post your most artful tweet suggestions in support of the Rangers, and we will be tweeting your responses this afternoon.

Photo of the Week: Playoffs!

Since everyone seems focused on a certain local team, here are some nearly 100-year-old glass plate negatives depicting another local team, shot by "cowboy photographer" Erwin E. Smith (1886-1947). All three images show the Bonham Blues baseball team in action, ca. 1911-1915.

Bequest of Mary Alice Pettis

Bequest of Mary Alice Pettis

Erwin E. Smith Collection of the Library of Congress on Deposit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

It Works on Paper: Antler & Claw

Getting in the spirit of things, I could show you pictures of old-timey baseball players, but right now we're focusing on the ANTLER:

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905), The Life of a Hunter. "Catching a Tartar"., lithograph with applied watercolor, 1861


John James Audubon (1785-1851), The Bird of Washington, or Great American Sea Eagle. Falco washingtoniensis Male, engraving and aquatint with applied watercolor, 1827

And those old-timey baseball players? The subject of our next post.

Photo Fans Rejoice!

It's a great time at the Carter for photography lovers. American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White offers a fresh look at these three important documentarians and is the final show in our "Carter Gets Modern" series.

Walker Evans, Gelatin silver print, 1936

Walker Evans (1903-1975), Penny Picture Display, Savannah, 1936, Gelatin silver print, 1936.

Check out the galleries featuring the magnificent landscapes of Ansel Adams then step into the Masterworks of American Photography featuring over 25 talented American artists. Whether you like still lifes or portraits, formal or informal settings, large or small format, your wish will be fulfilled.

Don't forget that the Carter is always free thanks to the generosity of our members and sponsors!

It Works on Paper: 291

Among the thousands of works on paper we've digitized with help from our two-year NEA grant is the Carter's complete set of the 291 magazine. Published in 1915-1916, the magazine started as publicity for Alfred Stieglitz's "291" gallery, but has become an important piece of art history itself.

The full run of 291 is pretty amazing, but the August 1915 issue is one of my favorite objects in the entire collection. This particular issue contains several so-called portraits mécaniques of the 291 creators drawn by French artist Francis Picabia (1879-1953) in his pre-Dada and pre-Surrealist days. Hard to believe these "portraits" are nearly 100 years old!