Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity

First Retrospective of Works by Texas Modernist Artist Loren Mozley in More Than Thirty Years

Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity presents works by the Texas modernist Loren Mozley dating from the late 1930s to the 1970s, with the aim of revisiting Mozley’s oeuvre and revealing his debt to forerunners such as Cézanne and his responses to modernist trends. The exhibition, on view February 17 through June 30, 2013, features eighteen works from private collections and public institutions. Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity is the first retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work since 1978.

“Loren Mozley was a great influence on generations of artists in Texas both as an academic instructor and as a painter,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. “The DMA is pleased to provide the community of North Texas with this free opportunity to experience a collection of his work for the first time in more than thirty years.”

Mozley’s personal style was shaped by his contact in the 1920s with important artists of American modernism who had transformed Taos, New Mexico, into a thriving art colony. Andrew Dasburg’s Cézannesque aesthetic would be most significant in Mozley’s development, and the younger artist subsequently traveled to Paris for formal study; there he encountered the works of Cézanne, as well as the latest trends in European modernism. Shortly thereafter, he declared himself a “child of the Cubist order” and proceeded to build a distinctively original approach to his expression of form.

“Mozley’s works reveal him as a perceptive interpreter of the physical world,” remarked Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art. “He utilized fragmentation and faceting to artfully unmask the forms of our universe and, thereby, reveal the rational, geometric order pervading all that we see. In all of his paintings, this underlying structure is laid bare.”

Born in Illinois in 1905, Mozley moved with his family to New Mexico a year later, where he began painting with oil at the age of eleven. He moved to Taos in 1926 and exhibited his work at the Harwood Gallery before moving to Paris, France, in the late 1920s to study at the Colarossi and Chaumière academies. Upon his return to the United States, he spent four years in New York City before returning to New Mexico. Mozley left New Mexico in August 1938 to help organize the new art department at the University of Texas in Austin. Within the realm of Texas art, Mozley played a key role in shaping generations of young artists who received instruction from him during his tenure of thirty-seven years (1938–1975) in the art department at the University of Texas.

Loren Mozley: Structural Integrity is organized by The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas, in cooperation with the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. The curator of the Dallas presentation is Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.

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Jill Bernstein
Dallas Museum of Art