Texas on Paper

Begin Date2003-02-09
End Date2003-07-27
CuratorsEleanor Jones Harvey, Debra Gibney (curatorial intern)
Last Harvested At2022-08-13
OrganizerDallas Museum of Art
DescriptionFor the past 100 years, works on paper have found their way to the Dallas Museum of Art from all over Texas. Texas On Paper highlights works by contemporary artists that, due to the necessity of unique conservation issues associated with prints and drawings, cannot always be displayed. Within the exhibition there is a wide spectrum of both figurative and abstract works representing varying subject matters and techniques, all of which reveal a strong tradition of working on paper as an alternative to and a preparation for painting and sculpture. Pertinent issues addressed by Texas On Paper range from the geography of Texas, as in Willard Watson's literal depictions of Dallas, to more interior concerns, such as biography, states of mind, and feeling, most notable in James Surl's grand drawing. The clever usage of a menagerie of media, from Helen Altman's scorching the paper's surface with a blowtorch to Cynthia Lin's silverpoint drawings, speaks to the diversity within the DMA's permanent collection. In the past, the Dallas Museum of Art has maintained close relationships with both artists and the greater artistic community in Texas, showing yet another example of the museum's commitment to collecting works of quality and distinction. This unique glimpse at approximately 20 works on paper by 12 artists is possible by generous donations and the acquisitions by those dedicated to the great artistic tradition in the state of Texas. This exhibition has been organized to coincide with Come Forward: Emerging Art in Texas, opening February 23rd, and Progressive Texas: Art at the Dallas Museum of Art's Centennial of 1936, opening February 16th, as well as other featured works by Texas artists in the contemporary galleries.