Lone Star Legacy II: Barrett Collection of Contemporary Texas Art

Begin Date2008-06-22
End Date2008-09-14
CuratorsCharles Wylie
Last Harvested At2019-06-15
LocationTower Gallery
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionIn January the Dallas Museum of Art and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston announced that Nona and Richard Barrett of Dallas gave more than one hundred works from their outstanding private collection of contemporary Texas art to the permanent collections of both museums. The Barretts' gift to Texas's two largest museums, and to two of the nation's most important artistic institutions, represents artwork from the 1970s to the present, with the majority of the pieces dating from the 1980s and 90s. For the DMA, the gift of more than 180 paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture adds the work of thirty-one artists to the Museum, eleven of them entirely new, including important works by Jesse Amado, Steve Dennie, David Gibson, Lucas Johnson, Sharon Kopriva, Michael Miller, Kermit Oliver, Al Souza, Dick Wray, and Judy Youngblood, and a 1971 assemblage sculpture by a California artist with Texas connections, Ed Kienholz. Beginning in June, these works will be on view for the first time in a new exhibition titled 'Lone Star Legacy II: The Barrett Collection of Contemporary Texas Art.' Presented in the Museum's Tower Gallery, the show is curated by Charles Wylie, the Dallas Museum of Art's Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art. 'Since its founding over a century ago, the Dallas Museum of Art has engaged Texas's rich community of artists in its collections, exhibitions, and programs,' said Wylie. 'This recent gift by the Barretts continues their great generosity to the Dallas Museum of Art, and, coupled with the gift to Houston, ensures that both museums are able to represent major artists working in Texas with excellent examples of their art. We could not have assembled such a fine body of work on our own, and the Barrett gift follows other fine recent bequests to the Dallas Museum of Art in yet another example of Dallas's great philanthropic spirit.' Lone Star Legacy II will also include pieces by 20 artists already represented in the DMA collection, including a major painting by renowned Abstract Expressionist Joe Glasco; a map-like work by Vernon Fisher; a drawing by John Alexander; and works by David Baker, David Bates, Julie Bozzi, Patrick Faulhaber, Joe Havel, Terrell James, Luis Jimenez, Bill Komodore, Annette Lawrence, Jim Love, David MacManaway, Melissa Miller, Linda Ridgway, Peter Saul, Lee N. Smith, Gael Stack, and Danny Williams. This new gift follows the Barretts' earlier gift in March to the DMA of more than sixty works from their collection of early Texas art (primarily from the 1930s to 50s) that was on display in 2007 in an exhibition titled Lone Star Legacy: The Barrett Collection of Early Texas Art.