Richard R. Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas, will present a free lecture titled “Reflections on Collecting in Texas” on Friday, March 5, at 6 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium.
In this free lecture, Brettell will discuss the fascinating stories behind the distinguished private art collectors in Texas. Collectors come in many different stripes, and Texas is no exception. From the highly eclectic taste of John and Dominique de Menil, in Houston, to the more focused path of James H. and Lillian Clark, in Dallas, Brettell will lift a curtain on private artistic enthusiasms and, through historic photographs, show how these collectors have lived with their treasures.
Brettell co-organized the Kimbell’s current exhibition, From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern, as well as Gauguin and Impressionism in 2005. He is the author of numerous publications, including Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860–1890 and Modern Art, 1851–1929: Capitalism and Representation.
This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition, which is on view through March 21.