Michael Auping.

Michael Auping, Chief Curator at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Steps Down

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s director Marla Price has announced that chief curator Michael Auping will retire this summer after more than two decades at the museum, Glasstire reports. Auping plans to finish writing a book about his conversations with artists throughout his career, titled “Forty Years: Just Talking about Art,” once he leaves the institution.

“We are grateful to Michael for his enormous contributions to this organization, the Fort Worth arts community, and the art world over the past twenty-four years,” said Price. “His scholarship has elevated the [museum] to international status among modern and contemporary art institutions. We thank him for his dedication, and applaud the legacy he leaves.”

During Auping’s tenure at the museum, he organized a number of exhibitions including “Georg Baselitz: Portraits of Elke” (1997–98); “Philip Guston Retrospective” (2003); “Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth” (2005–2006); “Ed Ruscha: Road Tested” (2011); “Declaring Space: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein” (2007–2008); and “Frank Stella: A Retrospective” (2016), which was co-organized with the Whitney.