The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents a 20-year survey of the work of Robyn O’Neil. Organized by the Modern’s associate curator Alison Hearst, the exhibition “Robyn O’Neil: WE, THE MASSES” explores the artist’s fruitful career from 2000 to the present and includes major multi-paneled drawings, signature works of graphite on paper, collages, and the animated film WE, THE MASSES, 2011.
This in-depth presentation is the first to examine O’Neil’s formal and conceptual developments over the past two decades. O’Neil has created intricate, imagined worlds exploring themes of evolution, natural catastrophe, the apocalypse, and the beauty of nature. She is best known for her large-scale works populated with tiny male figures set in harsh landscapes, depicting relatable aspects of the human condition. Pulling inspiration from art history, popular culture, literature, and the weather, O’Neil’s worlds are serious, tender, frightening, and at times comical.
Hearst comments, “O’Neil’s lush drawings explore cataclysmic scenarios and existential aspects of life—in both good times and bad. In her realms, the male characters witness the natural world’s unraveling, often resorting to savage, every-man-for-himself behaviors. Her characters are small within vast landscapes where beauty and nature always prevail.”
Highly detailed and precise, O’Neil’s graphite-on-paper drawings are made with a .5 mm mechanical pencil and a blending stump her mother gave her when she was in the seventh grade. More recently, the artist has been exploring color in her drawings with the use of colored pencils and oil pastels. “Robyn O’Neil: WE, THE MASSES” will be on display through February 9, 2020.
General admission is $16. Admission includes entrance to permanent collection exhibitions, all special and traveling exhibitions, and scheduled tours and gallery programs. For more information, please contact the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at (817) 738-9215.
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Saturday, November 30, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107