Almost 200 years after the artist’s death, the work of Spanish court painter Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) remains powerful, arresting, and pertinent. Addressing abuses of power and the ravages of war, Goya’s work shows his hope for Enlightenment principles (progress, liberty, tolerance) as well as his dismay at the movement’s failures, especially its inability to prevent war and oppression. Goya: Mad Reason explores these dynamics across much of the artist’s printmaking career, highlighting his mastery of both idea and artistic expression. The exhibition features superb editions from Goya’s print series, including Los desastres de la Guerra [The Disasters of War], La tauromaquia, [The Art of Bullfighting], and Los disparates [Follies] from the collection of Yale University Art Gallery, as well as a number of important paintings loaned from museums across Texas.
This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by Jessica and Jimmy Younger and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, with additional support from the Yale University Art Gallery’s Collection-Sharing Initiative, endowed by the Isabel B. Wilson Memorial Fund.
No other work by a contemporary Chinese artist has attracted more devotion and discussion than Xu Bing’s iconic Book from the Sky. An immersive world of words, the installation comprises hundreds of books and scrolls, all printed from a set of 4,000 characters invented and carved by the artist. Contrary to its resemblance to Chinese writing, the printed text is illegible even to Chinese readers and is completely devoid of meaning. In its first full-scale installation in Texas, Xu's Book from the Sky will challenge our faith in the written word and expose ways in which language can be vulnerable and culpable.
Book from the Sky is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.
Generous funding for this exhibition is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, with additional support provided by The Freeman Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and donors who contributed to the 2014 Annual Fund.
The first exhibition in the United States to examine this significant body of work, Warhol By the Book is a comprehensive examination of Andy Warhol’s extensive work in books—an overlooked but important facet of the artist's creativity and career. Featuring jacket covers, illustrations, drawings, screen prints, paintings, photographs, films, and several original books, the exhibition spans five decades of Warhol’s life and career as a visionary artist, including recent discoveries and many works on public view for the first time.
This exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
Press images available upon request.
In February 2017 the Blanton will unveil a complete reinstallation of its permanent collection titled, You Belong Here: Reimagining the Blanton. Featuring nearly twice as many artworks as were on view previously, including new acquisitions and works that have rarely or never been displayed, the presentation will offer visitors a fresh experience with the museum’s holdings. The Blanton’s renowned Latin American collection will be on view in its own space for the first time, including galleries dedicated to Spanish Colonial art, while the Suida Manning collection and the museum’s Old Master paintings will be rehung in new and engaging ways. Dedicated gallery spaces on the second floor will feature rotations of works on paper from the permanent collection, video artworks, new acquisitions, and contemporary works on loan from around the world. New entry points on the second floor and transformed way finding paired with innovative interpretive materials will help viewers better navigate the Blanton’s renovated galleries. In order to realize this comprehensive project, the museum’s second floor will close to the public in July 2016.
This mid-career survey will present approximately ten major bodies of work by Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian. The exhibition will feature photography, video, sculpture, sound art, and performance, and will be accompanied by the first substantial catalogue devoted to her career. Highlights include selections from the artist’s ongoing “Seat Assignment” project—photographs and videos made on airplane flights using her mobile phone—and Accent Elimination, her acclaimed 2005 video about her complex family heritage, exhibited in the 2015 Venice Biennale and recently acquired by the Blanton. In Katchadourian’s own words, her work reveals the creative potential that “lurks within the mundane” and underscores the remarkable freedom and productivity that can come from working within limitations. Using ingenuity and humor, her work encourages us to rethink a wide range of assumptions, from our capacity for curiosity and creativity to our place in an increasingly global world. This exhibition is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art. Generous support for the exhibition and accompanying catalogue is provided by Nion McEvoy, with additional support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.
Comprising 91 Indian paintings from the renowned Edwin Binney 3rd Collection at the San Diego Museum of Art, this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue will introduce audiences to beloved characters such as Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Krishna, and the great Persian hero Rostam—as well as an assortment of powerful demons and deadly beasts. Audiences will also learn the basic tools for reading and understanding Indian paintings. The paintings will be organized by text: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and Persian-language works such as the Book of Kings, Shahnama. While most of these “miniature” paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala convey the emotions carried through music, as told through the stories of lovers. This exhibition is organized by the San Diego Museum of Art.
This past February, the Blanton announced that it had acquired and will construct Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin, a 73 x 60 foot stone building to be sited on the grounds of the museum. The stand-alone structure, singular to Kelly’s career, comprises a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black-and-white stone panels in marble, all designed by the artist. Once constructed, the work will become part of the Blanton’s permanent collection.
Gift of the artist, with funding generously provided by Jeanne and Michael Klein, Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, the Scurlock Foundation, the Longhorn Network, and other donors.
Banderillas de fuego (Banderillas with Firecrackers)
Etching, drypoint, and aquatint
9 5/8 x 13 3/4 in.
Yale University Art Gallery: The Arthur Ross Collection
Book from the Sky, ca. 1987-1991
Installation of books and scrolls printed from carved wood types of invented characters; ink on paper
Collection of the artist
You Belong Here (Yellow), 2012
Blocked-out neon and glass
24 x 61 in.
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
Gift of Jeanne and Michael Klein, 2015
Pink Volcano, 2014 (“Seat Assignment” project, 2010–ongoing)
36 ½ x 46 ½ in.
Courtesy the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco
Rama, Sita and Lakshman approaching the hermitage of the sage Atri, Folio from the Ramayana
The San Diego Museum of Art, Edwin Binney 3rd Collection
Ellsworth Kelly, Austin, 2015
Artist-designed building with installation of colored glass windows, marble panels, and redwood totem
60 ft. x 73 ft. x 26 ft. 4 in.
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
Gift of the artist, with funding generously provided by Jeanne and Michael Klein, Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth, the Scurlock Foundation, the Longhorn Network, and other donors
© 2015 Ellsworth Kelly
Image courtesy the Blanton Museum of Art