Copper in the Arts

November 2012

Frederic Remington's Lifetime Casts of Bronzes in Rare Exhibition at Sid Richardson Museum

The Rattlesnake The Rattlesnake by Frederic Remington, 1906, Bronze

Photograph courtesy of the Sid Richardson Museum

The Sid Richardson Museum presents Violent Motion: Frederic Remington's Artistry in Bronze, a focused exhibition of nine bronze action-filled sculptures of horses and their riders by the iconic Western artist, eight of which are lifetime casts. This rare exhibition will be on view through Sunday, June 2, 2013 as part of the museum's 30th anniversary celebration.

"Frederic Remington created 22 of the most memorable bronzes of any American sculptor of his time," says museum Director Mary Burke, "and we are very proud to present nine of them as part of the museum's 30th anniversary celebration. Remington's influence in shaping the West of the popular imagination cannot be overstated."

Eight of the nine sculptures are on loan from rarely seen private collections, and one is from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. They will be paired with his paintings from the Sid Richardson Museum and the Carter museum to demonstrate how his artworks reveal action in a two-dimensional versus a three-dimensional medium.

"Remington used to explain that he had the ability to imply motion by getting the viewer to see the animation in something as continuing," says Rick Stewart, the guest curator of the exhibition who is one of the nation's leading authorities on Remington. "His sculptures are just in stop-action practically; they defy gravity! The connoisseurship level is as high as you can get with Remington."

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Sid Richardson Museum, 309 Main St., Fort Worth, TX, (817) 332-655

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