In 1977, Richard Weisman, the investment banker son of Los Angeles-based art collectors Frederick and Marcia Weisman, spent $800,000 commissioning Andy Warhol to create the Athletes Series, 10 photo-based portraits of celebrity sports stars of the era, ranging from skating champion Dorothy Hamill to NBA scoring sensation Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Weisman said he hoped “the series would inspire people who love sport to come into galleries, maybe for the first time, and people who liked art would take their first look at a sports superstar.”
Matisse: Life in Color Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art Arrives in San Antonio this June. Only Museum in region to host exhibition.
The San Antonio Museum of Art will present Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art to San Antonio, June 14 through September 7, 2014. This sweeping exhibition features almost fifty paintings and sculptures and thirty works on paper spanning six decades of Henri Matisse’s prolific career. Drawn from The Baltimore Museum of Art’s permanent collection, perhaps the finest collection of Matisse’s work in the world, Matisse: Life in Color offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for San Antonio, and indeed, all of Texas and our region, to share in the beauty and importance of such a magnificent body of work.
Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct will be on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art from March 15 through June 8, 2014. At once precise and dramatic, Kuhn’s work reveals an artist working at the intersection of natural history painting tradition and contemporary artistic movements such as color-field theory.
Eldzier Cortor: Master Printmaker Print exhibition opens at the San Antonio Museum of Art December 15, 2013 – March 2, 2014
The exhibition Eldzier Cortor: Master Printmaker, opening on December 14, 2013, features an impressive compilation of artist’s proofs and early impression prints made in Eldzier Cortor’s lifetime. Prints include complete runs of the “Jewels,” “Facets” and “L’Abbatoire” series. Additionally, the exhibition features four paintings, two of them on loan from local collectors Harriet and Harmon Kelley, and two printing plates.
David Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art has resigned from his position at the San Antonio Museum of Art, effective immediately.
“David has contributed so much to this museum, he goes with our great gratitude,” said Katie Luber, the Kelso Director at the museum. “We wish him well in all of his future endeavors and we look forward to seeing what he does next within the field of contemporary art.”