Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
Violent Motion: Frederic Remington’s Artistry in Bronze, a rare exhibition of nine bronze action-filled sculptures of horses and their riders, will open at the Sid Richardson Museum on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, and run through Sunday, June 2, 2013. Eight of the bronzes are lifetime casts.
“Frederic Remington created 22 of the most memorable bronzes of any American sculptor of his time,” said museum Director Mary Burke, “and we are very proud to present nine of them as part of the museum’s 30th anniversary celebration. Remington’s influence in shaping the West of the popular imagination cannot be overstated.”
Eight of the nine sculptures are on loan from rarely seen private collections, and one is from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. They will be paired with Remington’s paintings from the Sid Richardson Museum and the Carter museum to demonstrate how his artworks reveal action in a two-dimensional versus a three-dimensional medium.
“Remington used to explain that he had the ability to imply motion by getting the viewer to see the animation in something as continuing,” said Rick Stewart, the guest curator of the exhibition. “His sculptures are just in stop-action practically; they defy gravity!” he said. “The connoisseurship level is as high as you can get with Remington.” Stewart is one of the nation’s leading authorities on Remington.
The Sid Richardson Museum collection includes paintings of the 19th-century American West by Frederic Remington (1861-1909), Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), and other artists of the era amassed by the legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist, Sid W. Richardson (1891-1959). It is considered one of the most significant private collections of Remington and Russell paintings in the U.S. Richardson once said, “Anybody can paint a horse on four legs, but it takes a real eye to paint them in violent motion. All parts of the horse must be in proper position, and Remington and Russell are the fellows who can do it.”
Admission is free to the museum, which is open daily except for major holidays. It is located at 309 Main Street in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. The museum's education program offers students an opportunity to learn about the artists’ ideas, lives, and paintings, which reflected life in the American West in late 19th- and early 20th-century America. For information, go to http://www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org or call 817-332-6554.
The museum is owned and fully funded by the Sid W. Richardson Foundation, which Richardson established in 1947 to support organizations that serve the people of Texas. Foundation directors and staff have sought to fulfill his vision by providing grants to educational, health, human service, and cultural organizations.
Directors of the foundation are Edward P. Bass, Sid R. Bass, and Lee M. Bass, who are grandnephews of Sid Richardson. Their mother, Mrs. Nancy Lee Bass, is director emerita. Their father, Perry R. Bass (1914-2006), was Richardson’s nephew. Pete Geren is president of the foundation.