The local art scene this year has been nearly dominated by traveling exhibits. There is no escaping the DMA's Tut and his accompanying entourage of nested coffins and gold bling, all advertised from every DART bus and lamp-post in Dallas proper. The Kimbell celebrated an Impressionist coup in 2008, with popular works from Manet, Monet, Van Gogh and a litany of other household name artists, while The Modern hosted a critically lauded exhibit by Kara Walker. And while these exhibits brought out the press and the public in large numbers, the real strengths of The DMA, The Kimball and The Modern are their carefully collected permanent pieces. The Modern, particularly, has a collection worth raving about, especially when you consider the relatively short period of time the museum has had to amass its Gerhard Richters and Mark Rothkos. Curator Michael Auping recently opened up the vaults of The Modern, dusted everything off and set about putting together The Collection and Then Some, featuring nearly 100 works that will fill both floors of the Tadao Ando-designed building. Auping busts out pieces by Donald Judd, Robert Rauschenberg, Dan Flavin, Agnes Martin and many others, giving us a break from the hype of traveling exhibits to show us the truly amazing pieces that lie here in our own backyard. The second phase of The Collection and Then Some opens today and runs through May at The Modern, 3200 Darnell St. in Fort Worth. General admission is $10. Visit themodern.org for more information.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 25. Continues through May 31, 2009