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For Immediate Release

August 4, 2008

Prominent New Acquisitions Add to McNay’s Growing Permanent Collection


Recently-Opened Stieren Center for Exhibitions

Allows Museum to Display Many of its Recently Acquired Works

San Antonio, Texas — The addition of the new Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions at the McNay Art

Museum delivers more than 45,000 square feet of airy and modern exhibition space that allows the museum to

exhibit a majority of its recent acquisitions never before on view to the public. These new works include

paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, theatre arts, and decorative arts from masters in their

respective fields.


“New acquisitions are crucial to the development of the museum. These works are great complements to the

collection that Mrs. McNay began and we have continued to build over the years,” said Dr. William J. Chiego,

director of the McNay. “With these new works and the reinstallation of our permanent collection, patrons

visiting since the opening of the new Stieren Center will enjoy a much greater experience throughout the



The McNay’s sculpture collection has grown significantly over the years, expanding beyond the galleries to the

museum’s grounds and now into South Texas’ first outdoor sculpture garden, adjacent to the Stieren Center.

The museum’s newest sculptures, all of which can be seen in the new galleries and sculpture garden, include

Position Preferred by Chakaia Booker, Sabine Knights by John Chamberlain, and Margaretville Walnut by Raoul H

ague, as well as works from Ken Little and Kate Ritson, among others.







Other notable new sculptures include Gabrielle Dumontet’s Medusa, a rare bronze incorporating electric light, and

Tony Cragg’s cast bronze Hole Head.  Among the first of the McNay’s large-scale figurative sculptures, Hole Head

demonstrates an emerging direction in the museum’s collecting.







In addition to new sculptures, the museum adds to its expansive collection of 19th-, 20th- and 21st century European and

American paintings with works including View of the Ravine of Civita Castellena by Jean-Charles Rémond, Duration

by Alexander Liberman, and an untitled oil on canvas by Friedel Dzubas.


Of the McNay’s new paintings, an untitled acrylic on canvas by Larry Poons is a particularly prized acquisition

as it is one of less than 40 classic optical paintings created by Poons between 1963 and 1968 using dot and

lozenge shapes.


The McNay has also added to its collection of prints, drawings, photographs, theatre arts, and decorative arts,

with works by artists including Alexandre Benois, Robert Moskowitz, Ernesto Pujol, Radcliffe Bailey, and

Francisco Toledo.


Some of the new acquisitions were gifts to the McNay while others were purchased by the museum through

various funds established by individuals and organizations to continue to build the museum’s collections.


*For a complete list of the McNay’s new acquisitions including details about each, please see the attached



The First Museum of Modern Art in Texas

Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style home opened as Texas’ first museum of modern art in 1954. Today more than 100,000 visitors a year enjoy works by 20th-century masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. A vital partner in arts education, the McNay annually serves as many as 45,000 adults, teachers, students, and families with a variety of arts education programs and educational resources, including a fine arts reference library and interpretive information about art in the museum’s collection and exhibitions.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m..

Admission: McNay members – free; Adults – $8; Students 13 and under – $5; Seniors – $5; Active military -- $5; Children 12 and under – free. The museum will be free to the public every Thursday evening from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on the first Sunday of each month.

The McNay is closed on Mondays, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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