Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Robyn O'Neil: "We, The Masses"
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents "We, The Masses," a 20-year survey of the work of Robyn O'Neil. Organized by the Modern's associate curator Alison Hearst, the exhibition explores the artist's fruitful career from 2000 to the present and includes major multi-paneled drawings, signature works of graphite on paper, collages, and the animated film, We, The Masses, 2011. This in-depth presentation is the first to examine O'Neil's formal and conceptual developments over the past two decades.
O'Neil has created intricate, imagined worlds exploring themes of evolution, natural catastrophe, the apocalypse, and the beauty of nature. She is best known for her large-scale works populated with tiny male figures set in harsh landscapes, depicting relatable aspects of the human condition, such as friendship, strife, and death. Pulling inspiration from art history, popular culture, literature, and the weather, O'Neil's worlds are serious, tender, frightening, and at times comical.