Michael Auping, the chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth who organized important exhibitions, coordinated main acquisitions and helped choose the architect for the present constructing, is retiring from the museum. The announcement was made Thursday by director Marla Worth.
Senior Curator Andrea Karnes will take over administration and administration of the Modern’s curatorial division.
Auping, 67, who was unavailable for remark Friday, grew up in Los Angeles and got here to the Modern in 1993 from a curatorial submit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.
“Michael has delivered to Fort Worth issues I don’t suppose Fort Worth ever dreamed of after we have been within the previous constructing [now the Fort Worth Community Arts Center],” Karnes stated in a telephone interview. “He was employed by Marla Worth to be on the staff to pick the architect for the constructing and to be a part of the method. That’s what attracted Michael to Fort Worth within the first place.”
That staff chosen Japanese architect Tadao Ando to design the concrete-and-glass constructing that opened within the Cultural District in 2002. It sits within the east-most part of a strip of acreage that additionally options the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
“Michael was involved with the areas not being too giant, although it was up to date artwork and could be of grand scale,” Karnes says “He didn’t need a room to overwhelm a bit. He additionally didn’t need a large piece of sculpture as a constructing. He wished a constructing that pays reverence to the artwork inside.”
Throughout his tenure as chief curator, Auping organized notable exhibitions, together with “Georg Baselitz: Portraits of Elke”; the Philip Guston retrospective that traveled to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Royal Academy, London; “Declaring House: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein”; “Lucian Freud: Portraits,” co-organized with the Nationwide Portrait Gallery, London; and just lately, “Frank Stella: A Retrospective,” co-organized with the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Richard Serra’s widespread “Vortex” (2002) sculpture outdoors the museum was given to the museum in Auping’s honor. Auping helped coordinate the acquisition of works by Anselm Kiefer, Agnes Martin, Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Carl Andre, Bruce Nauman, Richard Lengthy, Vija Celmins, Robert Motherwell and Martin Puryear, all a part of the everlasting assortment.
“We're grateful to Michael for his monumental contributions to this group, the Fort Worth arts group, and the artwork world over the previous 24 years,” Worth says in a information launch. “His scholarship has elevated the Modern to worldwide standing amongst fashionable and up to date artwork establishments. We thank him for his dedication, and applaud the legacy he leaves.”
Auping is compiling two books to be launched in December, one documenting the Modern’s Ando constructing and its historical past, and one a profession capstone titled “Forty Years: Simply Speaking About Art,” that includes conversations he has had with important artists throughout his profession.
Though it was not introduced till Thursday, Auping’s final day was June 30.