Paul Strand:The Mexican Portfolio
June 4 | August 24, 2014

The exhibition includes 20 photogravures from Paul Strand’s 1933 visit to Mexico. Recent gifts of San Antonio collector Susan Toomey Frost, these 20 prints present not only a window into pre-tourist era Mexico, but are beautiful examples of the incredibly complex medium of photogravure, a printmaking technique that combines photography with etching. The soft, sepia tones of the medium give these images of rural churches, crosses, and fieldworkers a timeless and otherworldly expression. This is the first time that Paul Strand’s The Mexican Portfolio is on view at the McNay.

This exhibition is organized by the McNay Art Museum.

Image: Paul Strand, Cristo with Thorns, Huexotla (detail) from The Mexican Portfolio, 1933, printed 1967. Photogravure. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Susan Toomey Frost.

Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting
June 11 | August 17, 2014

This exhibition, organized by René Paul Barilleaux, the McNay's Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945, assembles the work of thirteen emerging and mid-career abstract painters whose art is characterized in whole or part by high-key color, obsessive layering of surface imagery, use of overall and repeated patterns, stylized motifs, fragments of representation, and a tension between melancholy and the sublime. To date, little focus has been placed on works which celebrate the exoticism, exuberance, and optimism found in the work of the painters assembled in Beauty Reigns.

Beauty Reigns is accompanied by an illustrated book that includes two essays by Lilly Wei and Stephen Westfall contextualizing this approach to abstract painting and tracing its roots in twentieth-century art. Additional biographical and interpretative texts on each of the artists are authored by Barilleaux. The book Beauty Reigns reflects the dynamic nature of the exhibition in its aesthetic, approach, and design; expands the imagery seen in the museum; and offers a larger window into the work of these artists and their particular approaches to painting.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Jose Alvarez, Kamrooz Aram, Charles Burwell, Annette Davidek, Fausto Fernandez, Nancy Lorenz, Ryan McGinness, Beatriz Milhazes, Jiha Moon, Paul Henry Ramirez, Rex Ray, Rosalyn Schwartz, Susan Chrysler White.

This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum.

Image: Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.),We Came from the Stars (detail),2011. Acrylic, enamel, ink,colored pencil,organdy, feathers, quills, and crystals on ultachrome prints. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum.






Matisse and Picasso: A Friendly Rivalry
June 18 | August 10, 2014

Sourced from the McNay’s rich holdings of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, this exhibition features works from both 20th-century artists in all media, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and theatre designs. Juxtaposing the two visionaries’ unique styles, this exhibition allows visitors to draw their own comparisons and conclusions about the artists and their influence on one another.

This exhibition is organized by the McNay Art Museum.

Image: Henri Matisse, Le Cheval, L’Ecuyere, et Le Clown (The Horse, the Rider, and the Clown) from Jazz, 1947. Pochoir. Collection of the McNay Art Museum. Gift of Margaret Bosshardt Pace and family.

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art
September 3, 2014 | January 4, 2015

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, and drawn especially from the collection of Ailsa Mellon Bruce and her brother, Paul Mellon, this exhibition showcases the similar aesthetic goals shared by nineteenth-century French avant-garde painters in approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-impressionist portraits, landscapes, interiors and still lifes. The plein-air practices of Impressionist precursors Eugene Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind, inspired brightly colored, luminous works by featured artists Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley. Intimate Impressions also features paintings that are personal in subject matter, including fascinating self-portraits by Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Gauguin, and Edouard Vuillard, as well as works depicting family members or friends and views of the artist’s favorite spaces. A catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

This exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Image: Auguste Renoir, Young Woman Braiding Her Hair, 1876. Oil on canvas. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection.






60th Anniversary Gifts & Acquisitions
January 28 | May 17, 2015

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