The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art Exhbiition
The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art Exhibition
Falls ~ through April 23, 2017
Few exhibitions of Benini's work have been this small, and yet few exhibitions have had such a warm heart at the core of the museum. Bill and Dorothy Masterson have travelled the globe for decades, particularly to South America and Europe to seek out, acquire and showcase in their museum the work of MADI artists and artists who focus on geometry. Their personal collection, each piece acquired I presume with the care and attention they pay to this genre and its artists, now is almost 3,000 pieces.
Benini's was reluctant, at first, to revisit and feature work he had completed in the 1980's and 1990's; that is, until the Mastersons came to our ranch south of Marble Falls and dedicated a couple of days for carefully viewing the work and selecting pieces they preferred for the exhibition.
The Mastersons are now in their 80's and I can't help but think of the Vogels who dedicated their lives to the art they loved. Bill Masterson is an attorney, and the entire first floor and mezzanine of the Kilgore Law Firm, in the Turtle Creek area, at Carlisle and Bowen, in Dallas, is dedicated to the museum. Dorothy is the museum director. Their museum is bulging with artwork, and while a plan to build a free-standing museum is underway; until then, the museum shows four exhibitions a year, with "Benini:Alla Geometria" opening the 2017 series.
The museum catalog features some of the paintings on display with an essay by Joseph M. Bravo, design work by Dreamworks Studio in Dallas.
The exhibition continues through April 23.
On March 16, Benini will return to The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art for the Arcadia Lecture Series at 6:00. Everyone welcome.
Two years ago, we sold the Benini Galleries and Sculpture Ranch to Dr. Greg Sullivan and his wife, Dr. Tracy Poe, and we moved 28 miles north to a ranch south of Marble Falls.
One of the biggest changes this brings to our lives is the time and freedom to begin to accept exhibitions again, as we now have the time to travel. Benini has had 162 one man shows to date, and we have just scheduled two more for 2017.
"Benini: Alla Geometria" opens January 27th at The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas. The show focuses on Benini's work of the 90's in communion with the focus of this museum. His paintings will be in three galleries. The space is not expansive, but the museum and its collection is held in high regard interntionally.
Bill and Dorothy Masterson started the museum in 2002 to house their prestigious collection of MADI art, opening their first show with the "Celebration of Geometric Art" exhibition featuring 80 artists from 20 countries. MADI art is either irregularly shaped or is three dimension. It comes off the wall or out of the frame. Carmelo Arden Quin and others founded the MADI movement in 1946 in Buenos Aires.
The exhibition of Benini's work will focus on his geometric shaped canvases of the 90's. It opens with a reception at 6:00 January 27 and continues for three months.
For information, contact The Museum for Geometric and MADI art at GeometricMadiMuseum.org or 214-855-7802.
Giant seagoing turtles rise up out of the sea with each wave, first swimming, and then, as their feet connect with the rippled bottom, they lumber slowly on the beach, passing over the flat wet packed area, to the soft, deep sugar sand. Back and forth they sweep their legs, moving the sand to each side. Soon a hole is deep enough, about 18 inches, to deposit eggs, and slowly the soft, white eggs drop into the safe zone.The turtle covers the eggs, turns, and slowly crawls back to the beckoning waves.
In 1987, Benini and I walked Playalinda Beach, a narrow stretch of dune separating the ocean and Mosquito Lagoon, on this Canaveral National shoreline.
It was quiet that day, rather private…and beautiful.
We first noticed the disturbances. Here and there. Sand piled up next to a hole, with dried eggs, now brittle and twisted in the hot sun. Raccoons, with their sharp dark claws had come like bandits in the night, scraping and scratching into the precious cache and sucked the eggs, discarding the shells.
As horrific as it was to discover the slaughter, there was to be a gentle promise the loss was not all just painful.
Benini immediately went into an artist's awe mode. He was captivated by the shapes, the contours, the hollows, the shadows, the points and the endless possibilities created by this clash of birth and death. He gently gathered the eggs and cradled them like tender offerings for the goddess of art.
He has them still.
These shells, most likely from loggerhead turtles, became inspiration for the Playalinda series - seven paintings ~ five white, two black, all with blood red centers.
We learned volunteers and rangers walk the beaches during the turtle-laying season and secure wire mesh over the nests to keep them safe from predators. Occasionally, the predators gets there first. In this case; however, the ravaged nest gave birth to creativity in a new form. ...Lorraine Benini