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Donald Sutton: <EM>Firemen March 6 1985</EM>
Donald Sutton: Firemen March 6 1985
Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings
FORT WORTH, TEXAS, UNITED STATES  •  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth  •  19 February - 23 April 2017
 
A painter, sculptor, and printmaker, Sultan is regarded for his ongoing large-scale painted still lifes featuring structural renderings of fruit, flowers, and other everyday objects, often abstracted and set against a rich, black background; but he is also noted for his significant industrial landscape series that began in the early 1980s entitled the Disaster Paintings, on which the artist worked for nearly a decade. While Sultan’s still lifes depict and strengthen fragile and ephemeral objects, the Disaster Paintings often illustrate robust, man-made structures, such as industrial plants and train cars, that exhibit a level of fragility in their propensity to be unhinged by catastrophic events. Distinguished for combining such subject matter with industrial materials, such as tar and Masonite tiles.

Painted on a large scale (the majority of the works in this series measure 8’ x 8’), The Disaster Paintings embody great physicality in their process, subject matter, and finished form. They also reify the modern experience of industrialized societies with images of fire, accidents, and industrial mishaps, daring us to forget that calamities and adversity are woven into the very fabric of our existence

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Contact: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Tel: (1) 817.738.9215



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