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Routes toward Modernism: American Painting 1870-1950

June 30, 2016 | Blanton Museum of Art

September 13 – December 29, 2002

Throughout the period 1870–1950, American painters were struggling to synthesize the lessons of European masters while still creating images that were meaningful for their own place and time. Over decades of trial and error, an American-flavored modernist vision developed, and this exhibition, drawn from works in the Blanton’s permanent collection, traces developments in American painting during this dramatic period of stylistic innovations and artistic breakthroughs. The exhibition begins with realist paintings by turn-of-the-century artists such as Thomas Eakins, Thomas Moran, John Twachtman, William Merritt Chase, and Robert Henri, whose figure studies, portraits and landscapes incorporate a wide range of responses to the American character.

500 Years of Prints and Drawings

June 30, 2016 | Blanton Museum of Art

September 13 – December 29, 2002

The Blanton continues its series of exhibitions revealing the many strengths of its collection of works on paper. Representing the 16th through 20th centuries, five focused presentations each explore a different, theme, technique, or artist from one century in the history of art.

Surface and Subtext: Latin American Geometric Abstraction

June 30, 2016 | Blanton Museum of Art

September 13 – December 29, 2002

In the 1960s a group of Argentine artists, inspired by advances in technology and the Constructivist tradition in Latin America and in Europe, began experimenting with the depiction of perceived space and spatial relationships in non-representational paintings. Known as Arte Generativo artists, they manipulated the most basic artistic elements—color, line, and form—to create abstract, three-dimensional painted spaces on two-dimensional surfaces, challenging the traditional uses of perspective in representational painting. Surface and Subtext brings together paintings from the 1960s through the early 1980s by Ary Brizzi, Miguel Angel Vidal, and Eduardo Mac Entyre, along with works by Omar Rayo and Manuel Espinosa, who were not associated with Arte Generativo, although they similarly defied the limitations of the flat surface in their paintings. With works drawn entirely from the Blanton’s permanent collection, this exhibition suggests the ideological, artistic, and social significance of geometric abstraction in Latin America during these decades.

Cartoon Noir: Four Contemporary Investigations

June 30, 2016 | Blanton Museum of Art

September 13 – December 29, 2002

Cartoon Noir presents a small selection of the Blanton’s most recent acquisitions of contemporary art. The exhibition features brand–new mixed media works by Trenton Doyle Hancock, Arturo Herrera, and Jeremy Blake and a recent work by Ellen Gallagher, each of which obliquely cites the darker side of cartooning and animation traditions through imagery or story line.