March 7 - January 9, 2021
“The art of David McManaway (1927-2010) has an underground cult following. Research for this exhibition and numerous conversations with his friends and colleagues tells me that he would be pleased by this state of affairs. But, many McManaway collectors and former colleagues lament the apparent lack of credit his work has received since his passing in 2010. The mission to spotlight McManaway’s life and work in a solo exhibition has officially become a cause célèbre.
This exhibition presents a long overdue review of important work from his prodigious 50 year career to reexamine his role as a major artist and influencer in Texas and beyond. In McManaway’s lifetime, his work was featured in numerous group exhibitions including the 1959 Texas Annual Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), 1961 Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, 1969 and 1973 Whitney Museum New York Biennial Exhibitions of Contemporary American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, Laguna Gloria Austin, Menil Collection Houston, Southern Methodist University (SMU) and most recently in 2019 “The Art of Texas: 250 Years”, The Witte Museum and in 2018 “The Art of Found Objects: Enigma Variations” at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. His vita also lists many group gallery exhibitions across the state dating from 1960 to 2014. It has been forty years since McManaway’s art was viewed in depth in solo exhibitions at the DMA and SMU Galleries.”
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