St. Petersburg Times
The Tampa Museum of Art opens Saturday after 10 years of controversy and setbacks. That saga is ended; let’s close the book.
Time to begin a new story, one better suited to a museum: the story of its life.
A museum’s most obvious job is to showcase art. Director Todd Smith has assembled an impressive lineup of exhibitions for the inaugural season. The centerpiece, taking up 50 percent of gallery space, is a large show of prints, paintings and sculpture by Henri Matisse. The museum’s fine permanent collection of antiquities has been reinstalled and photographs from Garry Winogrand’s “Women are Beautiful” series, also from the permanent collection, will be displayed for the first time as a group. Other galleries are devoted to mid-20th century abstract paintings from the Bank of America collection, contemporary art on loan from the famous Margulies Collection in Miami as well as a video art installation.