No. 416: Robyn O’Neil

Episode No. 416 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Robyn O’Neil. It was taped before a live audience at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.


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MAMFW is showing a 20-year survey of Robyn O’Neil’s work titled “Robyn O’Neil: WE THE MASSES.” The exhibition spotlights O’Neil’s signature works of graphite-on-paper, many of which are multi-paneled. O’Neil’s drawings have long addressed the landscape tradition and issues related to climate change, the human presence within nature, human struggles within nature, and the tenuousness and temporality of beauty. The exhibition was curated by Alison Hearst and will be on view through February 9, 2020.

Among the museums that have presented solo exhibitions of O’Neil’s work are the Des Moines Art Center and the Contemporary Art Museum Houston. Her work is in many major collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, the MFA Houston, and MAMFW.

Air date: October 24, 2019.

Robyn O’Neil, Everything that stands will be at odds with its neighbor, and everything that falls will perish without grace, 2003.

Robyn O’Neil, As Ye the sinister creep and feign, those once held become those now slain, 2004.

Robyn O’Neil, The Last Landscape with Rainbow based on Caspar David Friedrich, 2005.

Robyn O’Neil, The Passing, 2007.

Robyn O’Neil, The Ruin, 2007.

Robyn O’Neil, Masses and masses rove a darkened pool, never is there laughter on this ship of fools., 2007.

Robyn O’Neil, These final hours embrace at last; this is our ending, this is our past., 2007.

Robyn O’Neil, Staring into the blankness, they fell in order to begin, 2008.

Robyn O’Neil, HELL, 2011.

Robyn O’Neil, HELL (central panel), 2011.

Robyn O’Neil, The Everyday Citadel, 2016.

Robyn O’Neil, Menagerie, 2016.

Robyn O’Neil, These Moments, 2016.

Gustave Courbet, The Gust of Wind, ca. 1865.

JMW Turner, Snow Storm: Hannibal and his Army Crossing the Alps, ca. 1812.

Frederic Church, Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860.

Frederic Church, Aurora Borealis, 1865.

Philips Koninck, A Panoramic Landscape, 1665.

Installation view of Robyn O’Neil’s notebooks at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Installation view of Robyn O’Neil’s notebooks at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

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