The Modern - New Works
Ron Mueck
Couple Under An Umbrella
Mixed Media, 118 1/8 x 157 1/2 x 137 13/16

The Modern - New Works by Ron Mueck

Exhibition: Feb 16, 2018 - May 06, 2018
By: Ron Mueck
In 2007, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth hosted Ron Mueck, featuring the artist's figures that are extraordinarily realistic, except in scale - they are always depicted much smaller or larger than life. The exhibition broke attendance records for the Museum as Mueck's stunning works became a must-see for visitors from across the region. Now a decade later, Ron Mueck returns to the Modern from February 16 to May 6, 2018, for a special project showcasing six major sculptures created between 2008 and 2018, including two sculptures making their North American debut.

Mueck's figures, which can take more than a year to develop, are first modeled in clay and then cast in resin or silicone and refined by the artist, who pays meticulous attention to detail. "Drawing upon memory and reality, Mueck's lifelike sculptures are instantly relatable on a human level," Senior Curator Andrea Karnes says. "Because he often portrays easily identifiable experiences, as in Woman with Shopping, 2013, which depicts a woman carrying grocery bags, with her baby nestled in a sling at her chest, we immediately understand the situation through compassion. Yet Mueck's calculated shifts in scale throw us off by adding an element of ambiguity between reality and artifice. Altering scale also influences our emotional response to the artist's works - the woman in this piece is less than four feet tall, which reinforces the idea that she feels overwhelmed."

Ron Mueck was born in Australia in 1958 and currently lives in the UK. Not surprisingly, he began his career as a puppeteer and puppet maker and worked on children's television shows from 1979 to 1983. Mueck worked thereafter in television and film in the United States and London, making special effects models. By the mid-1990s, he shifted his focus to fine art. Untitled (Seated Woman), 1999, based on his wife's grandmother, is one of the most popular works in the Modern's permanent collection and represents the early mature phase of his transition to sculpture. This exhibition contains nudity.
About The Modern Art Museum

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is dedicated to collecting, presenting, and interpreting international developments in post - World War II art in all media and creating a welcoming environment for its public appreciation. The Modern promotes understanding and interest in art and artists through curatorial research and publications, and a variety of educational programs, including lectures, guided tours, classes, and workshops.

The collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is comprised of nearly 3,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs, and prints. The majority of works in the collection are dated between 1945 and the present. All major, international movements are represented, including Abstract Expressionism; British, German, French, and American Pop; Color Field Painting; Minimalism; Conceptualism; Post-Minimalism; New Image Painting, and Neo - Expressionism. Pop and Minimalism are particularly strong, as is German art of the 1970s and 1980s.

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