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Blanton Museum to Showcase Prints by Avant Garde Master Robert Wilson

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to present an exhibition of prints by the internationally acclaimed artist, and 2011 Blanton gala honoree, Robert Wilson. Described by The New York Times as a “towering figure in the world of experimental theater,” Wilson is an artist whose works integrate a wide variety of media including set design, choreography, sculpture, lighting design, music and more. Writer Susan Sontag has said of his career, “It has the signature of a major artistic creation. I can’t think of any body of work as large or as influential.”

Robert Wilson in Four Acts presents a single idea translated into multiple mediums – from drawing and lithography to theatrical production. Alcestis and Alceste, (Acts 1 and 2) are two suites of prints created by Wilson in 1986 for The University of Texas at Austin’s Guest Artist in Printmaking Program. The prints showcase the artist’s set designs for two productions of the Greek tragedy by Euripides from 438 B.C. ­ a story that has inspired over 25 plays, 23 operas and countless poetry and prose interpretations. Wilson first produced Alcestis, a play, in 1986, and then restaged Alceste, the William Gluck opera from 1767. A study for the Alceste set designs will also be exhibited (Act 3), as well as video documentation of Wilson’s restaging of the opera (Act 4.)

About the Artist

Wilson’s multi-faceted artistic explorations include everything from fine art installations and furniture design, to theatrical direction and scenic design. His drawings, designs, and installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Major artistic collaborations include the seminal Einstein on the Beach with Philip Glass, and The Black Rider and Alice with Tom Waits.

Among his numerous awards and honors, Wilson has received an Obie award for direction, the Golden Lion for sculpture from the Venice Biennale, the third-ever Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for Lifetime Achievement, two Guggenheim Fellowship awards, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship award, and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

About the Blanton Museum of Art

The Blanton’s collection comprises over 17,000 works of art in a variety of mediums, with particular depth in Western European art from the fourteenth through twentieth centuries and modern and contemporary art of the Americas.

The museum enriches and transforms the lives of learners of all ages by providing inspiring and relevant experiences with original works of art. Through the collecting of art, preserving it in optimal conditions, and creatively displaying and interpreting these objects, The Blanton serves as an intellectual and social portal connecting the university and the rest of the world through visual art and culture.

Located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, the museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10-5, Saturday from 11-5, and Sunday from 1-5. Thursday is free admission day and the museum is open until 9 PM on the Third Thursday of each month. Admission is free to members, all current UT ID-holders, and children under 12, and is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for college students with ID, and $5 for youth (13-25). For information call (512) 471-7324 or visit www.blantonmuseum.org.

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