Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible

April 19 - August 18, 2013

The Menil Collection

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A singular figure in American art who experienced significant recognition and painful isolation during his life – and whose fame has waxed and waned since his death − Forrest Bess (1911-77) is the subject of keen new interest. The first museum retrospective devoted to Bess in more than twenty years, Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible will present 48 of the artist’s visionary paintings, dating from 1946 to 1970. Organized by the Menil Collection and curated by Clare Elliott, the exhibition will come from the Menil’s own holdings, private lenders in the United States and Europe, and such major institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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