Dispatch from NAEA

Wonderful morning at the Kimbell Art Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art. I don’t usually get that excited about works from the Renaissance or Modern eras anymore, but the Kimbell’s installation within a Louis Kahn container, and the absence of any glass separating viewers from the works, gave these paintings renewed vitality.  I had never heard of the Amon Carter before, housed in a Philip Johnson project, but they have a fantastic collection of modern works in addition to a few temporary exhibitions on thought provoking themes like night and large format photograph.  Smart company was also helpful.  For example, when I suggested that the elaborate frames at the Kimbell could have been and exhibition of their own, one of my companions suggested I check out Derrida’s essay on frames as positive space and paintings as negative. Homework…

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Checkout this frame. Now image a gallery full of frames of this kind, filled with blank canvases. That would be hot, right?

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