Three SAMA Exhibitions To Explore Texas Contributions to Art History

by Glasstire December 6, 2019

sama san antonio museum of artThe San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) announced three major upcoming exhibitions that bring forward different aspects of American art, with a particular emphasis on art either made by Texans or in Texas. First in the series, Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art is on view from February 7-May 3, 2020. Texas Women identifies contributions from women artist to the history of American Abstraction, and is the first large-scale exhibition to focus on women abstract artists living and working in Texas, across several decades and generations. The seventeen Texas Women included are: Sara Cardona, Pat Colville, Sharon Engelstein, Dana Frankfort, Linnea Glatt, Dorothy Hood, Terrell James, Dorothy Antoinette “Toni” LaSelle, Annette Lawrence, Catherine Lee, Constance Lowe, Marcelyn McNeil, Susie Rosmarin, Margo Sawyer, Lorraine Tady, Liz Trosper, and Liz Ward.


Texas Women: Dorothy Antoinette “Toni” LaSelle (American, 1901–2002), Climate of the Heart #7, 1956, Oil on canvas, 48 x 34 in., Courtesy the Dorothy Antoinette LaSelle Foundation and Inman Gallery, Photography by Michael O’Brien.

Next, SAMA will premiere America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution from June 12-September 6, 2020. Co-organized with the Pennsylvania-based Brandywine River Museum of Art and Tennessee-based Dixon Gallery and Gardens, this exhibition “demonstrates how painters in the United States learned from—and then evolved away from—the approach of the French Impressionists, creating a uniquely American style of Impressionism.”

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America’s Impressionism: E. Charlton Fortune (American, 1886–1969), Feeding Chickens, Monterey, 1918, Oil on canvas, 28 x 26 in., Crocker Art Museum, Melza and Ted Barr Collection, 2010.9

Via SAMA: “At SAMA, America’s Impressionism will include additional examples of work by Texas artists, underscoring the deep connections between the state and this American art movement. This includes paintings by Julian Onderdonk, Dawson Dawson-Watson, and José Arpa y Perea, among others, drawn either from the Museum’s collection or on loan from others. In addition, in a presentation exclusive to SAMA, the Museum will also present selections from the San Antonio-based Halff Collection, one of the most important collections of American Impressionism in private hands.”

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Everett Spruce: Everett Franklin Spruce (American, 1908–2002), Broken Tree, 1950, Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm), San Antonio Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by The Kelso Endowment for Texas Art, 2016.1

In the fall of 2020, SAMA will present Everett Spruce: Texas Reimagined from October 9-January 3, 2021. Everett Spruce, a celebrated Texas painter, had works acquired by American art museums from across the country, including the Dallas Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Originally organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the show is the first retrospective for this important Texas artist.


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