American Concepts and Global Visions

Release Date: 2009-02-11

This week the McNay unveils a two-part blockbuster show of works from the AT&T corporation’s impressive collection of 20th and 21st-century art, which is invested in the national gold standard (Warhol, Johns, Kline, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Bearden*, and Robert Longo, whose “Denise” is at left, as well as the art coin of the Texas realm (Vernon Fisher, Jim Surls, Alberto Mijangos, Luis Jiménez, etc.). The collection is particularly suited to the McNay, with its focus on post World War II seminal artists and trends, and its new Stieren Center for Exhibitions, which was funded in part by AT&T, and which will show off, e.g. painter Robert Bechtle’s extreme photo-realism to beautiful effect.

Barilleaux calls the photography half of the show “a classic roll call ... all the masters,” including Man Ray, an Ansel Adams suite, and Barbara Kruger, who’s represented by a lenticular print, of which Barilleaux says, “You really have to work with it to get the full response.” Get over there and work it! McNay Art Museum, (210) 824-5368,

* I’m not promising all of these, mind you, but Warhol and Rosenquist for sure.

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