May 5, 2008
The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University has been chosen recipient of the 2008 Exhibition Award by the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA). The announcement was made at the organization's annual symposium held in Austin, Texas, April 12 and 13. The award for excellence recognizes the museum's 2007 exhibition, "TEXAS MODERN: The Rediscovery of Early Texas Abstraction". The exhibition featured over 50 paintings and sculptures from public and private collections representing Texas indigenous modernist art, circa 1935-1965. A full-color, illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition with introduction and essays by art historians Katie Robinson Edwards, Mark L. Smith and Jim Edwards. TEXAS MODERN defined the evolution of abstract art in Texas. Featured were seminal works by well-known American artists who worked in Texas, including members of the 'Dallas Nine', the 'Fort Worth Circle' and others in Houston, Denton, San Antonio and elsewhere who were responding to contemporary advances in industrialization, technology and artmaking. Many of these works have been hibernating quietly for over a half-century. TEXAS MODERN offered a unique and timely assessment of Texas' contribution to American art history.
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