El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso Museum of Art, exterior view of entrance and reflecting pool, photo by Christian Chapman

El Paso, TX




Roundup: Selected Works from Friends of the El Paso Museum of Art

January 26 - April 8, 2001


The El Paso Museum of Art presents Roundup: Selected Works from Friends of the El Paso Museum of Art from January 26 - April 8, 2001. Drawing from dozens of private and corporate art collections throughout El Paso and the surrounding region, Roundup features more than 75 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs, with a strong focus on 19th- and 20th-century American and Mexican masterworks. The exhibition is funded in part through the Marian Meaker Aptekar Foundation and the City of El Paso.

"El Paso is home to many outstanding private art collections," remarked Becky Duval Reese, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art. "We are grateful to the collectors who have so generously shared these works of art with the Museum and its audiences." (left: Audley Dean Nicols, El Paso Sunset, c. 1922, El Paso High School Collection)

"This exhibition is an opportunity for the public to learn firsthand about art collecting and to see some of the great treasures that reside in the region, from 19th-century American paintings to contemporary photography," added Bill Thompson, Curator of the El Paso Museum of Art and exhibition organizer. (left: Kathryne Hall Travis, The Unfinished Picture, c. 1935, Collection of Mr. David Hall Travis; right: Albert Bierstadt, Mountain Landscape, n.d., Private Collection)

The centerpiece of Roundup is a dramatic, 16-foot-wide mural of El Paso at sunset painted in the 1920s by the early Texas painter Audrey Dean Nicols. Lent by El Paso High School, the mural is one of the artist's most ambitious compositions and provides a rare glimpse of the city's landscape in the early 20th century. Among the exhibition's other highlights is a rugged mountain landscape by Albert Bierstadt, one of the foremost artists of 19th-century America. Also featured are a number of works by artists working in Taos and Santa Fe during the early 20th century, including Eanger Irving Couse, Fremont F. Ellis, and Joseph Henry Sharp, and paintings by.several pioneers of American Modernism: Patrick Henry Bruce, John Marin, and Morgan Russell.

The Mexican Muralists of the early- and mid-20th-century are well represented in the exhibition by two major works by Rufino Tamayo -- including The Blue Vase, one of the artist's finest paintings -- as well as important works by Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros. (left: Joseph Henry Sharp, Elk Foot, n.d., Private Collection)

Visitors to Roundup will recognize numerous works by many of El Paso's leading contemporary artists, such as Manuel Acosta, José Cisneros, Susan Davidoff, James Drake, Gaspar Enriquez, Tom Lea, Luis Jiménez, and Rachelle Thiewes. Also on view are major contemporary works by the international avant-garde of America and Europe, including Matthew Barney, Ross Bleckner, Alexander Calder, Donald Judd, Richard Patterson, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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