James Brooks at the Dallas Museum of Art: A Celebration

Begin Date2006-07-23
End Date2006-12-03
CuratorsCharles Wylie
Last Harvested At2022-07-02
Credit LineJames Brooks at the Dallas Museum of Art: A Celebration was organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and curated by Victoria Scott, McDermott Graduate Curatorial Intern, with assistance by Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art. Exhibition support is provided by the Contemporary Art Fund through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Faulconer, Nancy and Tim Hanley, The Hoffman Family Foundation, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Evelyn P. and Edward W. Rose, and Gayle and Paul Stoffel.
LocationFocus Gallery II
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionJames Brooks at the Dallas Museum of Art: A Celebration is a rich artistic study of one of Dallas's (and Texas's) first great modern artists. The exhibition features four works - "K-1952" (1952), "Untitled (self-portrait)" (1931), "Oklahoma Barbershop" (1931), and "Untitled (abstraction)" (1946-47) - recently given to the Museum by the artist's widow, artist Charlotte Park Brooks, and made possible by his niece, Dallas resident (and former Dallas Museum of Art staff member) Julie Cochran. In response to this generous gift, the Dallas Museum of Art in turn acquired seven drawings and prints by Brooks, from an early 1930s drawing of water towers to a 1985 abstraction that fully rounds out the Museum's representation of Brooks' long and multi-faceted career. Joined with significant paintings and drawings acquired by the Museum in the preceding decades, such as "Igor S." (1971), from an anonymous donor, and "Quand" (1969) and "Ipswich" (1967), from the Meadows Foundation, this gift allows the Dallas Museum of Art to present a succinct and beautiful retrospective of Brooks' art, and makes the Museum a fitting home to one of the definitive holdings of the artist's works in the world. James Brooks at the Dallas Museum of Art: A Celebration features the Dallas Museum of Art's entire collection of Brooks' work, including paintings, drawings, and prints that span the artist's career, starting with stark landscapes and figurative work from the 1930s, through his challenging and brilliant evolution to abstraction reaching into the 1980s. The Museum first presented Brooks' works in 1933, when the Museum awarded him a first prize and three honorable mentions for a series of lithographic prints done in the prevailing style of the renowned Dallas Nine regionalist school. From this solid beginning, Brooks (1906-1992) would go on to achieve international acclaim as one of the groundbreaking figures in American abstract expressionism, the revolutionary mid-20th-century movement whose achievements are still being felt in the realm of contemporary art.