A Horse, Of Course

Can strides, jumps and gallops really be captured on a flat surface? Sure, maybe in a photograph, but can you capture it in a painting? Susan Rothenberg thinks so. She's been doing it for 35 years. Known for her eccentric paintings of movement and action, including jumping horses in "Cabin Fever" and spinning and turning figures in "Folded Buddha" and "Pin Wheel," Rothenburg will be showcasing 25 select pieces from her infamous collection at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Rothenberg selected the pieces with the help of museum coordinator Michael Auping, who has known the artist for more than 30 years. The Rothenberg exhibition embodies not just her infamous horse paintings, but her ability to "freeze motion" and organize objects on canvas. Launching her first solo exhibition back in 1975 with three large-scale horse paintings, Rothenberg's work is showcased in major museums all across the United States. Her more recent works include swinging, disembodied hands and arms. Susan Rothenberg: Moving in Place runs through January 3 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Tickets are $4 to $10. Call 817-738-9215 or visit themodern.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 18. Continues through Jan. 3, 2009
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