Curator Conversations Curator Michael Auping, who retired from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth over the summer, talks shop with artists in two new books. Find them at the Modern Shop, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817-738-9215, themodern.org.— Laura Samuel Meyn 40 Years: Just Talking About Art Michael Auping’s collection of interviews with such artists as Richard Serra, Jenny Holzer, Julian Schnabel, Laurie Simmons and many others is the result of four decades spent organizing contemporary art exhibitions. In 40 Years: Just Talking About Art, Auping’s voice is curious and intellectual; the artists’ responses range from warm to cantankerous and straightforward to esoteric as they traverse everything from childhood memories to method, medium and more. (Who knew that Frank Stella liked to use inexpensive house paint?) Snapshots and works of art illuminate the conversations. “These interviews are a biography of sorts, going back to my beginnings as a curator and writer in the 1970s, which now seems like a very long time ago,” says Auping. “What I learned from all these interviews shaped my view of art, which is diverse and in some cases eccentric. In retrospect, even I find it odd that I was attracted to Robert Irwin, the ultimate Minimalist, and Lucian Freud, the ultimate Maximalist.” The book, $60, is available beginning Jan. 23. Book signing, 6 p.m.; lecture, 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets are available online 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 6. Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: 15 Years It was December 2002 when the Tadao Ando-designed Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth opened as a stylish new home for the oldest art museum in Texas. Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth: 15 Years, $30, commemorates the sleek design of soaring concrete walls and large expanses of glass through eight interviews between Ando and longtime chief curator Michael Auping, and images of the Modern as well as other Ando projects.
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