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The Blanton Museum of Art Announces 2010-2011 Exhibit Schedule

The Blanton Museum of Art has announced their 2010-2011 exhibit schedule, which includes special exhibits and their permanent collection. The special exhibit is Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum opening in October 2010. Other special exhibits include Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires and Repartee: 19th-Century Prints and Drawings from The Blanton Collection opening in February 2011 and August 2010, respectively.

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum
October 2, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Assembled over a period of more than 140 years, The Walters Art Museum boasts one of the finest collections of nineteenth-century painting in the United States today. The collection was formed by William T. Walters (1819-1894) and his son Henry (1848 – 1931) and includes canonical works by both academic and avant-garde artists. While William focused his efforts on landscapes and academic stars such as Paul Delaroche and Ernest Meissonier, Henry sought to balance the collection by adding major works by earlier artists such as Eugène Delacroix and J.A.D. Ingres as well as Impressionists Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Edouard Manet.

This exhibition is organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Major support at The Blanton is provided through a generous challenge grant from Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long. Travel is provided by Continental Airlines. Official Airline of the Blanton Museum

Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires
February 20, 2011 – May 22, 2011

In the first comprehensive presentation of art from the 1990s in Argentina, Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires places the Centro Cultural Rojas (CCR) at the core of this creative period. The CCR or “el Rojas,” as it was later known, opened in 1989 under auspice of the Universidad de Buenos Aires as a gallery space that exhibited work from emerging artists. The artists of “el Rojas” distanced themselves from the traditional aesthetic and the political discourse of previous generations, instead creating introspective narratives that looked towards the ordinary as a source of inspiration. After years of oppression and violence during the dictatorship in Argentina, the 1990s were characterized by drastic and dramatic changes at all fronts. The introduction of a neo-liberal political practice was accompanied by a sense of social liberation and free expression. Working under these conditions, artists such as Feliciano Centurión, Sebastián Gordin, Jorge Gumier Mier, Miguel Harte, Graciela Hasper, Benito Laren, Marcelo Pombo, Cristina Schiavi, and Omar Schiliro, began exploring concepts such as beauty, color, and fantasy, projecting their own psychology as artistic expression.

Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Argentina is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Support for the exhibition is provided by Judy and Charles Tate. The accompanying catalogue is made possible by Michael Chesser.

Special Print Exhibition

Repartee: 19th-Century Prints and Drawings from The Blanton Collection
August 14, 2010 – January 16, 2011

Repartee: 19th-Century Prints and Drawings from The Blanton Collection is conceived as a companion exhibition of over 125 works examining in greater detail the artists and ideas introduced in the presentation of paintings in Turner to Monet. The social and theoretical frameworks for 19th-century art making are revealed in this dialog between the collections in Baltimore and Austin. Featured in the exhibition are works by John Constable, William Blake, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, J.A.M Whistler, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Toulouse-Lautrec to name only a few.

PERMANENT COLLECTION

European Paintings

The Blanton’s collection of European paintings is noted for its breadth and depth. Featuring Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings primarily from the renowned Suida-Manning Collection, the Blanton’s permanent installation of 140 works includes high quality pictures from Rome, Milan, Genoa, Florence, and Venice as well as Germany and France, spanning the 14th to the 18th centuries. Highlights by such masters as Parmigianino, Veronese, Rubens, Guercino, and Claude Lorrain illustrate some of the great achievements in the history of art.

Prints and Drawings

The museum’s extraordinary holdings of over 13,500 prints form the only encyclopedic collection in Texas and one of the finest on an American campus. They reflect the history, characteristics, and processes of the medium from the Renaissance to the present day, featuring examples of major masters from Dürer and Rembrandt through Goya and Rauschenberg. Particular strengths in the museum’s collection of 1,500 drawings are contemporary Latin American drawings and Renaissance and Baroque (Italian, French, and Central European) drawings.

Modern and Contemporary Collections

America/Americas (ongoing)

America/Americas integrates for the first time the Blanton’s noted collections of Latin American and American art in a comprehensive narrative of the past 100 years. This pioneering reinstallation encompasses 125 works spanning the early 20th century through the present day. America/Americas explores the affinities and distinctions among these major works and the related history, politics, economics, and cultures of both continents. Illuminating the intellectual and artistic cross-pollination that occurred across geographic boundaries, America/Americas also showcases distinct art historical movements that developed independently. The installation illustrates the strength and uniqueness of the Blanton’s collections of modern and contemporary art from North, Central, and South America and also underscores how university museums foster innovation and experimentation.

CR Smith Collection of Art of the American West (ongoing)

Featuring almost 100 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, the C.R. Smith Collection of Art of the American West presents an extensive look at the artistic portrayal of the development of the Western territories in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. C.R. Smith (1899 – 1990) was a University of Texas at Austin alumnus and the founding CEO of American Airlines who served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Johnson administration. Smith began the collection in the 1930s, in part due to the low prices brought about by the Great Depression, and built what is acknowledged to be one of the great collections of this material. It includes works by notable artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Maynard Dixon, Henry Farney, Frank Tenney Johnson, William Ranney, and Charles M. Russell. Among the collection’s subjects are grand sweeping views of untouched and idealized Western landscapes, battle scenes, and romantic portrayals of the people who once populated the West, including trappers, cavalrymen, cowboys, and Native Americans. On view at the Museum is a selection of the collection organized to highlight both romanticized and documentary artistic approaches to the development of the Western American frontier.

Ancient Art

The Blanton Museum’s small but superb ancient art collection, which includes fine examples of Corinthian, Greek black-figure and red-figure and South Italian vases, and Uratian metalwork, together with the William J. Battle Collection of Plaster Casts, provides an excellent foundation for the study of early Western art. The more than sixty plaster casts in the William J. Battle Collection are exact copies of original ancient Greek and Roman sculptures dating from the sixth century B.C. to the third century A.D. from important collections throughout the world. The Battle Collection is one of the largest and best of its kind in the United States, as well as one of the best preserved.

Permanent and Semi-Permanent Installations

Teresita Fernández, Stacked Waters

Horizontal bands of saturated color shift and fade from deep blue to white in varying gradations to resemble water in Teresita Fernández’s Stacked Waters, an installation commissioned for the Blanton’s atrium. The title of the work is a nod to Donald Judd’s stacked pieces, and his exploration of box interiors. The Blanton atrium functions similarly, suggesting a container. Utilizing the natural light afforded by the space’s many skylights, the work appears as a mirror, reflecting the activity of museum visitors and becoming what the artist refers to as, “a changing portrait of Texas light…”

Richard Long, Summer Circle

Made from chunks of Delabole slate arranged in a dense and complicated pattern on the ground, Summer Circle, 1991 is one of Long’s largest works, measuring 29.5 feet in diameter. Long makes reference to his solo walks in largely unpopulated landscapes through his installations. He translates his personal meditations during these journeys into sculptures that become metaphors for the paths taken on his treks. The sculptures are not meant to be literal representations of nature but rather aesthetic documents of Long’s engagement with the land.

Meg Webster, Conical Depression

Webster uses the natural landscape as her material of choice. In Conical Depression, she has created a cone-shaped depression filled with living plants. Calling attention to nature’s cycles, this intervention evolves with the seasons.

General Information

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, housed in a two building complex, is one of the foremost university art museums in the country. The museum’s collection is the largest and most comprehensive in Central Texas and comprises more than 17,000 works. It is recognized for its European paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art and an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings.

The museum is located at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Congress Avenue and is open Tuesday though Friday from 10 – 5, Saturday from 11-5, and Sunday from 1-5. Thursdays are free admission days and every third Thursday the museum is open until 9 pm. Admission Prices: Adults $9, Kids 12 and under FREE, Seniors (65+) $7, Youth/College Students (13-25) $5. Admission is free to members, all current UT ID-holders. For additional information call (512) 471-7324 or visit www.blantonmuseum.org.

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