The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Like The Kimbell, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (3200 Darnell St., 817/738-9215, www.mamfw.org, Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $10 adults age 13–59, $4 students and seniors) is stunning for its building alone. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, “The Modern” is a remarkable structure that appears to float upon a placid pond.
Gazing upon the building’s dramatic concrete and glass exterior—one of the best views is from the café’s patio—reveals the intricate plan and attention to detail (notice how the pool reflects dancing splashes of gilded sunlight onto the underside of the museum’s concrete roof).
The visual delights are equally amazing inside, where more than 2,600 significant works of international modern art, from compelling abstract expressionism to recognized pop art to abstract figurative sculpture, await around each corner of Tadao’s own architectural masterpiece. Andy Warhol’s familiar silkscreen shares space with Donald Judd’s highly stylized artwork, and major traveling exhibits offer even more contemporary imagery.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition