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"Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce"
This is the first exhibition in nearly 30 years to highlight the pioneering and inventive career of Texas artist Everett Spruce (1908–2002). Featuring nearly 50 works from private and public collections from across the country, the exhibition traces five decades of Spruce’s career, revealing how he adapted his style and subjects to the era in which he worked. "Texas Made Modern" considers the exciting range of Spruce’s art from the 1920s to the 1970s. Known for his inventive depictions of Texas, Spruce’s modern, visionary landscapes countered the popular narrative of the state as only a land of cattle and cowboys. From his early, surreal landscapes of West Texas to his mature figural paintings of folk culture and late abstract visions that conjure worlds beyond observation, Spruce evolved his style with the changing times, receiving national attention along the way. "Texas Made Modern" uncovers Spruce’s role as a key member of the Dallas Nine and a vital contributor to the narrative of modernist landscape painting in the state.
Aug. 18-Nov. 1
Amon Carter Museum of American Art FORT WORTH, Texas