June 25, 2011 – August 21, 2011

Elmer Bischoff

Elmer Bischoff
Breakers, 1963
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1968

Overture: New Ways of Seeing The Blanton Collection features a selection of fifty-seven works from across the museum’s holdings designed to welcome visitors to the art museum experience. Spanning centuries and continents, the display includes visitor favorites and rarely seen works in all mediums by James Surls, Albrecht Dürer, José Guadalupe Posada, Kathe Kollwitz, Radcliffe Bailey, Ando Hiroshige, Bill Lundberg, Joan Mitchell, Thomas Moran and others. Presented within instructive contexts, concepts such as color, material, and genre are examined to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the artistic process. An experiment in museum methods, Overture is designed to spark curiosity, encourage active viewing, and enhance time spent in all of The Blanton’s galleries.

Overture is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Support is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Blanton, Sr.

James Surls

James Surls
White Tipped Night Palm, 1989
Oak and steel
Purchase through the generosity of Mary and Jack Bartholow, 1990

Baciccio

Giovanni Battista Gaulli, Called Baciccio
Portrait of a Lady as Cleopatra, ca. 1680
oil on canvas
The Suida-Manning Collection, 1999

Ugo da Carpi

Ugo da Carpi
Diogenes, ca. 1527-30, after Parmigianino
Chiaroscuro woodcut from four blocks printed in blue-green
Purchase through the generosity of Julia and Stephen Wilkinson, 2005

Donald Roller Wilson

Donald Roller Wilson
Mrs. Jenkins’ Late Night Dinner in Her Room, Alone, 1984
Oil on canvas
The Friends of the Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery Purchase, 1985