Above image: RED by Linda Pace
Image: Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1957, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. © 1998 by Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. At the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
PAINTING THE PICTURE
The art scene in Texas is complex with a myriad of collectors, arts and organizations who only want the best for the state’s cultural future. Here, San Antonio and New York’s Ruiz-Healy Art Gallery owner Patricia Ruiz-Healy, PhD. and Lance Avery Morgan gather to share ideas about the state of the union of the art scene In Texas these days.
Ruiz-Healy Art Gallery’s Patricia Ruiz-Healy, PhD. is a wealth of knowledge and is privy to so much art. When asked what she’s seeing these days that she loves, because she sees a lot, she’s quick to share, “There are so many strong exhibits, from the current Blanton Museum Words Matters show about the importance of language in Latin America and Latinx artists, to the Museum of Fine Art Houston’s Kindred Spirits presenting the work of two women artists Louise Nevelson and Texan Dorothy Hood. Organizations are including more and more Latinx artists’ works (a person of Latin American origin or descent that offers a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina) to their surveys and more exhibits are now comprised of women artists. I am all for inclusivity in art. Plus, the programming at the Dallas Museum of Art, their Jonas Wood survey comes to mind, as well as El Paso Museum of Art who just had their 5th Transborder Biennial with good critical and public success are examples of the breadth of art here.
Miguel Covarrubias mural with Henry Moore sculpture at Dallas Museum of Art
There are so many art-focused organizations have raised funds for the arts and arts-related organizations like Two X Two in Dallas, Glasstire in Houston, The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, The Contemporary Austin, and more. She shares, “It’s pretty comparable to fundraising in major art centers. The largest one in Texas, which I know of, is the Two x Two gala where almost 10 million dollars was raised recently. Texans are very generous human beings,” confides Ruiz-Healy.
So much so, that according to the Texas Cultural Trust’s 2019 State of the Art’s Report, the economic research, compiled from state and federal data sets, shows that taxable revenue from the arts and culture industry has grown by 15.5% over the past decade and in 2017 alone, the arts and culture industry generated $5.59 billion in taxable sales for the Texas economy, totaling nearly $350 million dollars in state sales tax revenue. The report also details the impact of the arts on Texas’ travel and tourism industry, which surpassed $75 billion in 2017, an approximate 9% increase from 2015. What a significant presence the state has in the world of culture.
We know that contemporary art and artists are abundant in Texas. The trends she is exposed to, and recommends investing in with Texas artists are plentiful. “If I were to place a bet, I will do it in African-American and Latinx artists. I think that the general public is just beginning to notice the amazing art contributions that Latinx artists are making,” says Ruiz-Healy. Texas has always had strong artists, Robert Rauschenberg and Julian Schnabel, just to mention two, whose 20th century works revolutionize what It was to create American Art. Now we have solid MFA programs and serious art programs in world class museums like The Menil Collection in Houston, the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas and the McNay Art Museum and internationally recognize artists in residence programs like Artpace, San Antonio and the Core program at the MFA Houston. From these places artists are creating more significant work that has to do with today’s, and future, concerns.”
The McNay Art Museum is an interesting example of a cultural institution’s longtime presence in the state and according to them it engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Built in the 1920s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first museum of modern art when it opened in 1954. Today, more than 140,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters from around the world. The 23 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds include engaging sculptures and space for meditative contemplation. The 45,000 square-foot Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions features three significant exhibitions annually. For 65 years, the McNay has enchanted visitors with its art, architecture, and ambiance. The museum offers rich and varied exhibitions as well as rotating displays in the Main Collection Galleries from the 20,000 works in the collection; more than 45,000 adults, teachers, students, and families take advantage of a variety of education programs and innovative educational resources.
In San Antonio the Linda Pace Foundation’s new Ruby City project is also of note in the art world. Set to open in the fall of 2019, it will surely be recognized around the world as a major force. Ruby City, a new contemporary art center, will open to the public on October 13, 2019, 12 years after the vision for the building was first imagined by the late Pace. Home to the organization’s growing permanent collection, the building is designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Alamo Architects, and is dedicated to providing a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists. The design for the 14,000 square-foot building is inspired, in part, by the Spanish Missions found throughout the Southwest, constructed by the Spanish Empire during the 16th to 19th centuries. The exterior skin consists of a precast concrete fabricated in Mexico City, which has been imbued with a rich red giving the building its ruby glow. For the first ten feet up, the concrete is a polished finish, ground smoothly to be touched by passersby; above, the concrete wall is rough, sharp, and encrusted with varying shades of red glass. Two crowning lanterns adorn the top of the structure, creating an animated roofline that in turn draws natural light into the gallery spaces. The interior entrance and lobby have also been constructed in the same crimson hue, preserve Pace’s original vision of a “ruby city.”
Artpace is another part of San Antonio’s art scene and is unique in many ways. In 24 years, they’ve showcased 239 artists, been awarded three Golden Lions, seven Turner Prizes, eight MacArthur Foundation grants, 17 Joan Mitchell Foundation grants and 46 Whitney Biennial Artists have been selected.
THE COLLECTOR’S EYE
When buying a piece of art, or collaborate with an artist or gallery, there are the several qualities of the artist, and their art. According to Ruiz-Healy, “I look for a new voice that talks about meaningful life aspects and formal elements have to be solid. In other words, the work message has to be resilient and has to look like it was done properly and professionally. The intersection of art and architecture is something that talks to me in a deeper level. I appreciate visiting wonderful sites where I can have a moving experience. Great architecture in museums, for example, is today’s cathedrals. This is one of the reasons that art people love visiting Marfa with their incredible work left by Donald Judd and his friends. That’s why I also believe that art galleries are never going to disappear because we want to experience art in a dedicated space.”
Then there are the art fairs the Dallas Art Fair, Pop Austin, Houston Art Fair and events in San Antonio at that level. They are good for both collectors and artists, she says. “Dallas does a very good job with their fair and so does the McNay Art Museum with their print and works on paper art fair. The McNay one has been going on for 23 years and it’s the only event of this type in the whole Southwest. To have a good art scene you have to have three things: artists, museums that showcase their work and art collectors. These three items go hand in hand.”
Collectors like Kenny Goss of the Goss-Michael Foundation and Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, both in Dallas, are stewarding private collections with a non-profit point of view is a path for the future. “I think that private collections, in dedicated spaces like Goss-Michael, the Rachofskys in Dallas, and the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium, do a good service to the community because they can inspire more art collecting and preservation. But at the end of the day you have to make active those spaces with meaningful programming otherwise you run the risk of deactivation,” states Ruiz-Healy.
If you are buying contemporary is important to buy with both the eye and the brains. Try to take your time in finding out why is a specific work talking to you. Here are three tips, according to Patricia Ruiz-Healy:
- Read the artist’s CV and biography.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions to the gallery director.
- Don’t make rush decisions, most galleries can put a work in hold for a brief period of time; and please don’t ever buy art in cruise ships or along the seine river.
The relationship between the artist/gallerist and the artwork buyer is important, shares Healy. “I have art collectors who only buy artists that they know personally, but most of my buyers don’t know the artist personally. As a gallerist the personal connection is very important, but I sell quite a bit electronically and in fairs where nobody knows me. At the end of the day is all about the work and that’s the way it should be. Collectors have so much information so now it’s easier to make decisions based on research.”
When asked what the perfect age for a collector to begin collecting is, Healy confides her point of view. “You can start as a ten-year-old with an original print that speaks to you. Print-making techniques like woodcut, lithography, etching, etc. have been around for centuries. There is this misconception that prints are not original, yet they definitely are because they were created with a specific technique in mind. The difference between print and paintings is that they are not unique. Printmaking usually forms part of a limited edition.”
We believe that art influences culture and fashion in Texas and Ruiz-Healy agrees. “Nowadays with digital information so engrained in our lives the intersections of art, culture, fashion, and food are more and more married. I think that culture influences art and very frequently art inspires fashion. We all live feeding each other in more ways that we can think of.”
In fact, art affects and influences every Texan, shares Ruiz-Healy. “Art can be many things for different people. In general good art has a distinctive presence and is many times a conversation piece. Texans enjoy beautiful clothes, homes, gardens and you have to have the art for to make your surroundings more special. The level of sophistication that art brings to a home cannot be match by anything else. You can have a beautiful hand painted wall paper but it’s just a nice wall paper it’s not a timeless work of art.”
“Good art is a special paragon of a club where most informed and sophisticated people want to belong to,” she says and we couldn’t agree more as the landscape of the Texas art scene will continue to revolve.
AMARILLO MUSEUM OF ART
The Amarillo Museum of Art plays a significant role in the cultural offerings of the Texas Panhandle. With a robust schedule of temporary exhibitions, there is always something new to experience at AMoA. Museum visitors can expect to see outstanding works of art from a variety of sources including contemporary artists, historically significant works, and the Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price Collection that includes Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture, middle-eastern textiles, and Japanese woodblock prints.
Other significant landmarks in Amarillo include Ant Farm’s Cadillac Ranch, the original structure that inspired Ed Ruscha’s iconic painting and print series Standard Station, Amarillo, and Robert Smithson’s Amarillo Ramp (appointment only). Centrally located in the Texas Panhandle and geographically isolated from metropolitan areas, the AMoA provides important and diverse visual arts programming. AMoA is located on the Washington Street campus of Amarillo College and is close to I-40, I-27 and historic Route 66.
For more information, visit AmarilloArt.org
ART MUSEUM OF SOUTH TEXAS
The Art Museum of South Texas, an architectural gem on the Corpus Christi Bayfront, enlivens the Texas Coast with its sophisticated permanent collection as well as traveling exhibits and enrichment opportunities for adults and families.
The gleaming white walls of the AMST have been a landmark. Designed by architectural icon Philip Johnson, the three-level facility is constructed of poured white concrete and shell aggregate radiate the South Texas heat and light. Internationally renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico designed the major 2006 expansion that features 13 rooftop pyramids as well as stunning use of color and light. The addition doubled the gallery and exhibition space and added an expanded museum store and café that overlooks the bay and ship channel.
AMST’s permanent collection includes nearly 2,000 works reflecting the museum’s focus on the Americas with interest in Texas and the region, including Mexico.
For more information, visit ArtMuseumOfSouthTexas.org
Image: Art Museun of South Texas
BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
In Austin, Artists with Plenty to Say
Political. Poetic. Personal.
These are just a few adjectives that describe the work in Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton, on view through May 26 at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art.
And here’s another must-see.
You really don’t want to miss this show, featuring 50 artists from across Latin America using language, letters, and words to make statements that range from the thought-provoking to the playful. It’s a colorful and diverse exhibition of more than 150 works that include sculpture, screen prints, and even Mail Art. What’s more, this timely exhibition highlights one of the Blanton’s undeniable strengths, its renowned Latin American Art collection. Notable artists such as Carlos Amorales, Ana Bella Geiger, Lilian Porter, and Joaquin Torres-Garcia are included.
Whether you’re in Austin for a business deal or a graduation celebration, make time to see Words/Matter. Chances are, you’ll leave with yet another word in mind: inspired.
For more information visit BlantonMuseum.org
Image: Make Tacos Not War by Alejandro Diaz. On loan by Carolyn Farb, Houston
David Larned is a nationally renowned portrait painter based in Houston. He paints commissioned portraits for both private families and public institutions alike. Recently he completed a double portrait of former President George H.W. and former First Lady Barbara Bush for Methodist Hospital in Houston.
His paintings hang in museums, state capitals, court houses, universities, hospitals, clubs, corporations, and many private homes from Texas to Singapore. To see more of his work, or commission a painting, you can connect directly.
For more information, visit DavidLarned.com
Image: Former President George H.W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush
InSight Gallery represents a select group of the finest painters and sculptors living and working today in landscape, figurative, impressionistic, still life, wildlife and Western art. We are located in charming Fredericksburg, Texas, a thriving tourist destination in the Hill Country.
Housed in a beautifully restored building that originally dates to 1907, InSight Gallery boasts 8,000 square feet of show space in an environment designed to feel like a museum. Home to numerous award winning Prix de West, Autry/Masters of the American West, Quest for the West, Briscoe Night of Artists, Cowboy Artists of America (CAA), American Impressionist Society Masters and Oil Painters of America (OPA) signature members and Master Artist, InSight Gallery has a diverse body of work at any given time.
Sixty of the most well-recognized representational artists from throughout the United States, and six from overseas, are all housed under one roof making InSight Gallery a must see destination for art lovers.
For more information, visit InsightGallery.com
Image: Awaiting the Great Spirits by Jeremy Winborg, Oil, 30x34.5
KERRVILLE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Spend Memorial Day weekend in the beautiful Hill Country at the 6th Annual Kerrville Festival of the Arts. Held May 25th and 26th in historic downtown Kerrville, this outdoor juried show features the work of more than 120 artists working in mediums including painting, sculpture, glass, metal work, fiber, jewelry, leather and photography. Artisans and crafters from across the state and beyond offer high-quality creations to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
Exhibitors include Houston artist Inga Godejord whose one-of-a-kind hand-painted designs on French Jacquard silk dyes are exquisite, and award-winning Austin goldsmith Steve Kriechbaum, whose timeless jewelry creations encompass both traditional and contemporary elements. Hill Country wood sculptor Ted Armulowicz creates heirloom-quality pieces sourced with wood from natural habitats, influenced with organic simplicity and natural edges and hand finished with natural oils.
For more information, visit KVArtFest.org
RIVERS EDGE GALLERY, KERRVILLE
Looking for that perfect Hill Country vista to hang above the mantle? Or, perhaps a more contemporary piece to tie your living space together? Whatever your taste may be, River’s Edge Gallery is sure to have that perfect piece to breathe life into your home.
Aside from beautiful, traditional and contemporary works of art we also specialize in custom framing and fine art printing. We use museum materials so your treasures will last and we also specialize in shadowboxing heirlooms and in the restoration and cleaning of oil paintings. We have established an artists’ guild, The Big Bag Art Gang, which will be here painting new pieces before your eyes as we showcase the talent of these contemporary artists. Stop in and strike up a conversation with our local artist and be sure to bring your friends.
For more information, visit RiversEdgeGallery.net
In today’s world we are inundated with immediacy, with more demands on our attention than we can accommodate. A century ago, we had more time to reflect on the importance of our legacies and how we wished to be remembered.
Throughout history, the portrait has defined how an individual has been remembered. Great care has always gone into its preparation and creation.
KGS Studios offers you a place to commission your own portrait as past generations did theirs. Here, you choose how you wish to be remembered and we have the ability to execute your vision masterfully.
It's no mistake that people from all over the world are choosing us to craft their legacy. Learn what they know by scheduling a visit.
For more information, visit www.KGSStudios.com
Contemporary artist Tracy Williams addresses the place of and beyond an earthly plane, inspired by the wonders of flora and fauna, land and sky.
Abstract expressionism is rooted by a family legacy of artists. Williams often returns to memories of producing art at an early age: clay-making and discovering color. This influence energized Williams to produce a more committed body of work, and still guides her study today.
Her paintings demonstrate continuity and meditation in movement through the energy, emotion, and gestural exploration of her brush stroke, line and color mixtures.
Williams lives in San Antonio and creates in her personal studio. Her work has been exhibited locally at Blue Star Contemporary, The McNay Museum of Art, Southwest School of Art, AnArte Gallery, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
For more information, visit TracyWilliamsContemporary.com
World Record Results: Over $1,000,000 sold in Texas and Western art in 2018.
Since 2013, Vogt Galleries has been a leader in the growing Texas Art auction market. Based in Dallas and San Antonio, fine art specialist Katy Alexander curates quarterly Texas art auctions and takes pride in making this category stand out as one of our most popular and successful. Save the date for auctions in August and October 2019.
We are always seeking quality consignments in Texas Art from the following artists and others like: Julian Onderdonk, Robert Onderdonk, Jose Arpa, G. Harvey, Porfirio Salinas, Jose Vives-Atsara, Dawson Dawson-Watson, Mary Bonner, Frank Reaugh, Helen Hunter, Rolla Taylor, Robert Wood, Paul Rodda Cook, W.A. Slaughter, Exa Wall, Santa Duran, Harry Anthony De Young, DeForrest Judd, Everett Spruce, and Otis Dozier.
Contact Katy Alexander for a complimentary evaluation of your collection or estate.
For more information, visit VogtAuction.com
Image: Etching by Mary Bonner
AnArte Gallery exhibits contemporary art in all media by established and emerging artists. They assist collectors of all levels in the primary and secondary art markets and provide a detailed background to all works of art it represents.
The gallery’s mission is to be an innovative and compelling gallery where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time. The gallery maintains a monthly solo or group exhibit for gallery artists, which also features live music supporting local musicians.
In addition, AnArte Gallery has offered art-consulting services to the residents, corporate businesses, and visitors of San Antonio since 2001. Ana Montoya, the founder and owner, represents emerging and established local and international artists, and works closely to support local non-profits within the vibrant artist community.
For more information, visit AnarteGallery09.com
Image: Steve DaLuz. Voyager, 48x60. Oil, metal leaf on panel. Private collection.
Artpace San Antonio is a nonprofit residency program which supports regional, national, and international artists in the creation of new art. As a catalyst for artistic expression, we engage local communities with global art practices and experiences.
Since 1995, Artpace has brought over 300 artists and curators to San Antonio and commissioned and produced thousands of works of new art. Dozens of alumni from Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence Program have shown in Biennials in Venice and New York.
They have been nominated for and won seven Turner Prizes and accumulated eight MacArthur Foundation Genius Grants and 17 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grants. In our 25th year, Artpace strives to be a creative laboratory that uses art to produce a lasting impact on the lives of the arts community in San Antonio and around the world. Make art happen.
For more information, visit Artpace.org
CINNABAR ART GALLERY
Cinnabar Art Gallery, located in the Blue Star Arts complex, specializes in contemporary art, outdoor sculpture, minerals, jewelry design, and custom framing.
On May 17, the main gallery will be presenting an exhibition featuring eight paintings from the series of twenty paintings entitled Bruce Lee Shoes by internationally renowned artist Emanuel De Sousa.
De Sousa transforms the traditional figurative portrait style by delivering it with a pop “edge” connecting the viewer to a point in space where nostalgia and excitement intersect. The narratives in the paintings are complex and translate like a dream: they are tiny closed universes where absurd, nonsensical realities make sense. Whether it is the nod to the iconic omnipresent Bruce Lee yellow suit or the texture of the porcelain dogs and mylar balloons, the viewer feels comfort that the elements belong in spite of defying rational behavior.
De Sousa’s series offers a glimpse into the crossover connection of the childhoods of hippies, hipsters, martial arts enthusiasts, rockabillies, and 80s babies. He creates a place where these potentially conflicting worlds co-exist.
For more information, visit CinnabarArt.com
Image: Bruce Lee Shoes lV by Emanuel De Sousa
Felder Gallery was founded on the Texas Coast in 2004. Felder Gallery, LLC was formed in 2017 and reopened in Alamo Heights in San Antonio. Their revolving exhibits include a mix of contemporary representational art and pure abstracts. There are over 100 works of art rotating through the gallery’s salon-style wall while other walls are reserved for themed solo or group shows, including their highly anticipated Contemporary Western Group Show held each December.
Felder Gallery has also partnered with San Antonio’s The St. Anthony Hotel, where their stable of artists’ works intertwine with culinary craftsmanship in the hotel’s stunning atrium. Our artists include: Billy Schenck (shown), Miles Glynn (shown), Shelia Rogers, Clay McGaughy and Cliff Cavin. A complete list of artists and artworks are available at our website.
For more information, visit FelderGallery.com
Image: Miles Glynn- Horse No. 21, Archival print on Belgian linen
Only a scenic hour drive west of San Antonio is a true Hill Country paradise. In Kerrville, the accommodations are first-rate, the scenery is majestic and the people are friendly. Stroll a charming and historic downtown nestled along the banks of the Guadalupe River while you browse one-of-a-kind treasures made by area artists and crafts experts at the Kerrville Festival of the Arts.
Be sure to explore our western heritage at the Museum of Western Art and experience our natural beauty with a visit to the Riverside Nature Center.
Thanks to a mild climate and event-filled calendar every season offers an array of activities to enjoy, you’ll find there’s never a wrong time to plan a trip to Kerrville, the capital of the Texas Hill Country.
For more information, visit KerrvilleTexasCVB.com
THE MUSEUM OF WESTERN ART, KERRVILLE
The timeless mystique of the old west is what draws most people to The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. Situated high on a hill overlooking the city, the bold structure was designed by famed Texas architect O’Neil Ford and features a rugged hacienda-type exterior and manicured grounds graced by larger-than-life size bronzes.
The 14,000 square feet of interior space houses an impressive permanent collection of 250 paintings and 150 sculptures, all done by past and present renowned western artists. Distinctive handcrafted Boveda ceilings, end-cut mesquite wood and Saltillo tile flooring combine with a multitude of western artifacts and priceless art to leave a lasting impression on all who visit this Hill Country treasure.
Upcoming special exhibits include:
May 4–June 29: The American Plains Artists Signature Show
September 6–October 31: 36th Annual Western Art Exhibition & Sale
For more information, visit MuseumofWesternArt.com
Image: Navajo Way by Jammey Huggins, American Plains Artists exhibit
Contemporary artist Sarah Palmer, a native of San Antonio, Texas, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in Austin in 2015, and afterwards studied at the Florence Academy of Art. Currently, Palmer is expected to graduate with her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta in the spring of 2019.
She has a studio in San Antonio at the Hausmann Millworks and loves working with the community of artists there. Sarah Palmer has shown her work locally at the Witte Museum, the McNay Art Museum, the W Hotel in Austin, Cornerstone Christian School, and the Ecumenical Center of San Antonio, and nationally at the MOCA Gallery and Trois Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.
VIGINI PAINT & DESIGN
Vigini Paint and Design is an interior finish design studio that was established in 1998. Co-Founders Leslie Morrison and Nicola Vigini are passionate about bringing beauty to their clients with unrivaled talent and attentive and individual customer service.
Specializing in an array of traditional and contemporary finishes from plaster, tadelakt, gilding, cabinetry and furniture refinishing, Vigini Paint and Design is currently designing hand-painted wall paper.
With a strong sense of color and pattern, the Vigini stencil collection offers unique methods to update your walls and furniture.
For more information, visit ViginiPaintAndDesign.com