Selected Exhibition Views
American Art since 1945: In a New Light
curated by Rene Paul Barilleaux
The McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas
June 7 - August 24, 2008
With a burgeoning national economy and an influx of artists coming from Europe, art in U.S. after World War II flourished. The concentration of art activity in New York began to challenge Paris as the epicenter of the art world, and many defining movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art radiated from this new capital. In college, I studied these and other forms and themes with art historian Peter Selz (previously curator of painting and sculpture at the New York Museum of Modern Art during the late 50s and 60s) so it was indescribably satisfying to see my work in the company of such Post-war inspirational giants as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, and Robert Rauschenberg. The McNay's collection on view was comprised of 65 artists spanning – as the title suggests – from 1945 to present. Minimalist sculptor Donald Judd and Pop artists Larry Rivers and Robert Indiana were also in the show and important conceptual influences to me during my education. A few contemporary artists I know or have met personally, such as Sandy Skoglund and fellow Chicagoan John Fraser, rounded out the roster. Curator Rene Barilleaux and I first met eighteen years prior when I was just emerging from graduate school and he was putting together a show at the Madison Art Center called Intimate Inventions/Gestural Abstractions.
In the show, to the left and right of Andrew Young's Understood by Weather, are paintings by James Bohary and Darby Bannard.