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Matisse Paints the Town

The San Antonio Museum of Art announces “Matisse Paints the Town,” a citywide celebration of the beauty and genius of Matisse, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. In recognition of Matisse: Life in Color, a summer exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art, local businesses and organizations are drawing inspiration from the artist’s work. This celebration will kickoff June 14 and go through September 7, 2014.

Visit area businesses to find flavorful macarons, seasonal cupcakes, special menus inspired by the flavors of Matisse’s native France, one-of-a-kind...

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WARHOL SHOOTS AND SCORES WITH SAMA’S ‘ATHLETES SERIES’

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.”

But the Athletes Series was a commercial and critical bust for Warhol when it first toured to New York, London,...

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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.

“The exhibition will enrich our community and increase the national and international stature of the San Antonio Museum of Art...

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Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct March 15 through July 6, 2014

Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct will be on view at the San Antonio Museum of Art from March 15 through July 6, 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.

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Robert Kuhn (1920-2007) began his lifelong fascination with wild animals while sketching at...

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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.

Cortor is one of the only living African-American artists who worked during the WPA (Works Progress Administration). He was born...

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