Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Art opening: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection

Posted on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-01-05

Cynics who think the San Antonio Art League & Museum collects and shows nothing but bluebonnet paintings might actually be surprised when Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection opens Sunday. The list of featured artists brings to light the complexity and depth of the museum’s archives, which date back to 1912. José Arpa y Perea (a Spanish artist whose brilliantly colored Texas landscapes earned him the nickname “Sunshine Man”), Mary Bonner (aka “The Texas Girl-Etcher of Cowboys,” Bonner made it big in ’20s-era Europe), Marc Chagall (“the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century” and a true pioneer of modernism), Carlos Mérida (a Guatemalan artist who assisted in painting Diego Rivera’s murals and initiated the first pro-Indian art movement in the Americas), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (a hero of the Post-Impressionist period, Toulouse-Lautrec captured 19th-century Parisian decadence exactly as he saw it), Utagawa Toyokuni (leader of the famed Utagawa school and a master of Kabuki woodblock prints), and Bernhardt Wall (the Yankee “Postcard King” produced more than 5,000 comic cards as well as books about Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston) have but a few things in common: all are deceased, all created works on paper, and all somehow (fortunately) landed in the permanent collection of the San Antonio Art League & Museum. Free, 3-5pm Sun, Jan 9, San Antonio Art League & Museum, 130 King William, (210) 223-1140, saalm.org. On view through Sat, Feb 26.

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