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.