“Museum spotlight: David Bates gallery talk,” Dallas News

By Michael Granberry via Dallas News

Courtesy of The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Courtesy of The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Guests view the David Bates exhibition at the Members’ Preview Party at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

No American artist captured the devastation of Hurricane Katrina more forcefully than Dallas’ own David Bates in his stunningly powerful 2008 exhibition “The Storm.” And Bates, a product of Southern Methodist University, has a career that spans more than four decades. Through May 11, you can see a retrospective of the Bates portfolio in a joint show at the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. On April 27, he will engage the public in a gallery talk at the Modern. As his Cowtown presenters say, Bates combines “exquisite technique with a deep understanding of American modernist traditions, resulting in a body of work that is at once sophisticated, soulful and accessible.” The joint exhibition includes 45 paintings in Fort Worth and 45 sculptures and 20 related paintings and drawings at the Nasher.

The joint exhibition runs through May 11 at the Modern (3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth; themodern.org) and the Nasher (2001 Flora St., Dallas; nashersculpturecenter.org).