Recuerdo: Early Texas Art from Fort Worth Collections
April 7 - April 30, 2017
Reception: April 7, 2017; 6 - 9pm
Recuerdo: Early Texas Art from Fort Worth Collections features 57 works of early Texas art borrowed from private collections throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Lenders have provided a variety of oil paintings, sculptures, and works on paper produced by Texans during the 1920s through the 1970s. The exhibit includes impressionist works, Depression-era realism, paintings from the 1940s and 1950s by artists of the Fort Worth Circle, and many other high quality paintings and sculptures created by Texas artists in the mid-20th century.
Exactly how old is “early Texas art?” The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) defines it as art created 40 or more years before the current date by artists who were born in and/or worked in Texas. 56 of the 57 artworks in the exhibit conform to CASETA’s definition of “early Texas art.” The earliest is a 1928 impressionist scene of New York City captured by Dallas painter Jerry Bywaters (1906-1989). The newest is a painting by Fort Worth native Emily Guthrie Smith (1909-1986), a stunning portrait of one of Mrs. Smith’s closest friends signed shortly before Smith’s death in 1986.
Other exhibit highlights include an imaginative work from the 1920s by Murray P. Bewley, Fort Worth’s first native-born fine artist; a captivating 1933 landscape near San Antonio by impressionist painter Dawson Dawson-Watson; never-before-exhibited works from the early 1940s by Fort Worth Circle painters Dickson Reeder and Bror Utter; and three sculptures by Charles T. Williams, Fort Worth’s most important mid-20th century sculptor.
Additional works by David Adickes, Marjorie Baltzel, Bill Bomar, Jack Boynton, Cynthia Brants, Don Brown, David Brownlow, Kelly Fearing, Michael Frary, Stuart Gentling, Lloyd Goff, Xavier Gonzalez, George Grammer, Veronica Helfensteller, Blanche McVeigh, Stephen Thomas Rascoe, Alice Reynolds and others will be displayed for three weeks in the community art center’s east gallery. This exhibit is curated by Scott Grant Barker.