June 9, 2009
The Martin Museum of Art recently received a generous donation of three Michael Frary paintings from Terrell Blodgett, a man familiar to both Baylor and Waco. Blodgett is a Professor Emeritus at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs where he taught Urban Management. Terrell and his wife, Dorothy, developed a relationship with Michael Frary when Frary was a professor of art at the University of Texas. Over the years the couple amassed an impressive collection of Frary's works.
Michael Frary (1918 -2005) was born in Santa Monica California, but later became known as one of the forerunners in the Texas Modernist movement, as well as the national movement towards modernism. During his lifetime, Frary earned over 175 awards and was featured in over 200 solo exhibitions. The three large oil paintings are titled Inside the Walls, Red Apartment House, and Still Life with White Platter. These paintings are a wonderful addition to the Martin Museum's growing collection of Texas Modernist artists that already includes Dickson Reeder and Kelly Fearing.
Images of the paintings may be seen by clicking on "Museum Snapshots"(at the top right of this page).
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