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The Artist's Eye: Darren Waterston

Left: Caspar David Friedrich, The Mountain Peak with Drifting Clouds, 1835. Oil on canvas, 15 x 17 1/2 x 3 inches. Kimbell Art Museum
Right: Darren Waterston, Symphonic Landscape, 2020. Oil on wood panel, 59 1/2 x 71 1/2 inches


11am CST/12pm EST

Moderated by George T. M. Shackelford, deputy director

What does the art of the past mean to the artist of the present? In this ongoing program, moderated by Kimbell staff, artists and architects discuss works in the museum’s collection, share the special insights of the practicing professional, and relate older art to contemporary artistic concerns, including their own.

Darren Waterston has been exhibiting his paintings, works on paper, and installations in the U.S. and abroad since the early 1990s. His otherworldly compositions, rich in layers of color and spiked with ambiguous references to landscape, are inspired both by nature and by his understanding of the art of the past. Recent exhibition highlights include Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre: Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined at Victoria and Albert Museum (2020), an irreverent full-scale re-creation of the famous room that James McNeill Whistler decorated in London in the 1870s, previously exhibited at The Smithsonian Institution’s Freer/Sackler Galleries (2016) and as part of the exhibition Uncertain Beauty at Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art (2014). Other institutional projects include Forest Eater at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (2011); and Splendid Grief: The Afterlife of Leland Stanford Jr. (2009), an installation at The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, CA.

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