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"Recycled, Repurposed, Reborn: Collage and Assemblage"

click to enlarge Kelly O’Connor, Magnetic Fields, 2009.
Kelly O’Connor, Magnetic Fields, 2009.

Although collage has existed in varying forms since the emergence of paper, the first “intentional” collages are most often attributed to Cubist contemporaries Pablo Picasso and George Braques. After coining the term from the French verb coller (to glue or stick), the duo went on to challenge conventions while championing a high-low fusion sprinkled with everything from postage stamps and newspaper clippings to rope and gingerbread. Developing since Marion Koogler McNay’s founding bequest of 1950 — which notably included Picasso’s 1912 collage Guitar and Wine Glass — the McNay’s love for collage (and its three-dimensional sister assemblage) takes center stage this summer via “Recycled, Repurposed, Reborn.” Representing a collaboration between McNay curators William J. Chiego, René Paul Barilleaux, Jody Blake and Lyle Williams, the exhibition draws from all corners of the museum’s collection and showcases a broad range of artists, including Austin’s Lance Letscher, Atlanta-based Radcliffe Bailey and San Antonio’s own Kelly O’Connor. $5-$10, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. Through August 17. — Bryan Rindfuss

click to enlarge Lance Letscher, Funny Hat, 2009.
Lance Letscher, Funny Hat, 2009.

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