Nasher Sculpture Center Works Welcome the World to New International Terminal D

DFW International Airport Continues Innovative Programs to Promote North Texas Arts and Artists

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Texas, June 9 /PRNewswire/ — World renowned art collector and philanthropist Raymond D. Nasher announced today that four amazing works from his internationally acclaimed collection will debut this summer in a new location — the world class International Terminal D, which opens in July at DFW International Airport. The announcement was made outside of the new terminal as finishing touches continue on the new 2-million-square- foot facility.

The works will be unveiled to the public June 13 when DFW International Airport welcomes North Texas to a historic gala entitled “Symphony of Flight” celebrating aviation, architecture and the arts. The celebration will include the first-ever joint performance by the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.ntc-dfw.org/ .

Dallas’ Nasher Sculpture Center has loaned four works to DFW for display in a newly-created sculpture garden under the arrivals level canopy at International Terminal D.

“We’re pleased that pieces of our collection will be one of the first things international visitors see in Texas,” said Raymond D. Nasher, founder of the Nasher Sculpture Center. “We hope the works will inspire travelers to visit the Nasher Sculpture Center in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and discover more of the outstanding works of our Texas artists.”

Nasher’s involvement on the Airport Art Advisory Committee led to discussions with airport staff about placing some work from his personal collection on display at the new terminal.

“The sculptures are an amazing way to welcome our international passengers to Texas,” said Kevin Cox, DFW Airport Chief Operating Officer. “DFW prides itself on being innovative when it comes to customer amenities. This sculpture garden will provide passengers with a place to relax after arriving in Texas. It will also allow our local travelers another great venue to experience the genius and philanthropy of Raymond Nasher.”

As an added benefit to DFW travelers, the Nasher Sculpture Center will offer a $2 discount off adult admission to Center visitors who bring a DFW boarding pass. The special offer begins July 1 and expires in September.

The four works are by Mark di Suvero, Anthony Caro, John Newman and Mac Whitney.

Mark di Suvero’s New Beginning (13′-5″x11′-6″x10′-3″) continues a career- long exploration of elemental forces such as mass and gravity. Here, the artist carefully counterbalances two massive, steel forms. The upper portion of the sculpture, a 9,000-pound construction of intersecting, stainless steel planes, stands on one end, leaning slightly to the left. It is anchored by an equally massive, raw steel base plate, propped up at one end by a tilted stack of I-beams. The horizontal and vertical masses offset each other, much as their shiny and weathered surfaces contrast.

In the 1960s, Anthony Caro abandoned figurative sculpture for the abstract compositions of industrial materials for which he is best known. A welded assemblage of steel elements, Fanshoal (63″x70″x31″) derives its meaning from its relationships of lines, forms, and masses, and their interaction with the empty spaces between them. Curved and sloping shapes contrast with pointed and squared elements and augment a sense of depth within the shallow space of the composition. The interconnecting pipes enhance this subtle matrix of horizontals and verticals. Caro used yellow ochre paint to unify the composition and give it a vibrant presence.

John Newman’s work joins the sensuous and organic with the mechanical and scientific. Although essentially abstract, Newman’s sculptures are evocative of forms and objects in the real world. Torus Orbicularis (64″x52″x75″), with its segmented, foliate structure, suggests biological forms like flowers, exoskeletons, fossils and shells. It also evokes mechanical parts such as ducts, motors, and turbines. The cast aluminum surface enhances associations with machinery. Like much of Newman’s work, Torus Orbicularis reflects the artist’s interest in the mathematics of topology, specifically how one shape can be transformed into another simply by bending, pushing, and pulling its surfaces.

A series of simple, interlocking V-shapes, Chicota (107″x38″x48″) marks an important transition in the recent work of Texas artist Mac Whitney. For much of his career, the artist has been bending, welding, and bolting pieces of steel into lyrical, abstract shapes. Here, he combines the interlocking V- shapes of earlier sculptures with a loop or closed ribbon of steel. The loop is literally the unifying link between the opposed and corresponding upper and lower V sections. Like many of Whitney’s recent sculptures, Chicota was named for a small town he found on the map of the United States.

International Terminal D is the first new terminal at DFW International Airport since it opened 31 years ago. The terminal will host all of DFW’s international flights. The terminal features soaring ceilings and wide-open spaces and an 8,100-space parking garage and will be the largest, most secure airline terminal built since 9/11. The terminal also features a $6 million art program comprised of several paintings, sculptures, and floor medallions.

Open since October 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center is dedicated to the display and study of modern and contemporary sculpture. The Center is located on a 2.4-acre site adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the heart of the Dallas Arts District.

Comprised of more than 300 sculptures, the Nasher Collection is one of the finest collections of modern sculpture in private or public hands, and includes masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miro, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and Serra, among many others.

The Nasher Sculpture Center presents rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections. The Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for members and children 12 and under. The price of admission includes an audio tour. For more information, visit http://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/ .

About DFW International Airport

Located halfway between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW International Airport is the world’s third busiest, offering nearly 1,800 flights per day and serving 57 million passengers a year. DFW International Airport provides non-stop service to 130 domestic and 37 international destinations worldwide. For the latest news, real-time flight information, parking availability or further details regarding the many services provided at DFW International Airport, log on to http://www.dfwairport.com/ .

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