This fall, the Amon Carter
Museum of American Art reintroduces a modern Texas artist and investigates how
people became comfortable with photography in the nineteenth century. Texas
Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce and Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and
the Making of Modern Photography are now on view at the Fort Worth museum
through November 1.
Everett Spruce was born
and raised in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, but paintings revealed his heart
was always in Texas. Texas Made Modern explores the range of Spruce’s
career, featuring works from the 1920s to the 1970s.
His surreal landscapes of West Texas, mature figural paintings of folk culture and late abstract visions made him one of the most exciting artists, only to be overlooked with the rise of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art.
“At midcentury, in the middle of the 20th century, Everett Spruce was the best…