The Texas Aesthetic XI: The Search for "Texas" in Contemporary Art and Culture
May 12 - July 1, 2017
Opening Reception - Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:30pm
Billy Hassell_ Mockingbird with Peaches_ 2017_ oil on canvas_ 50x48 inches.

For the last eleven years, the gallery has curated an end-of-season finale investigating the abiding attributes of great Texas art, posing the perennial question for all who care: “What makes Texas art, “Texas” art?  The Texas Aesthetic series has been the gallery’s effort to engage viewers in an examination and celebration of the long tradition of Texas painting.  By showcasing the content and style of a select group of contemporary Texas painters, we have attempted to not only convey the excellence of their present work, but also to rouse a greater reflection upon past progressions of our state’s visual arts fortunes… all of this to call attention to the rich artistic legacy which we hold as Texans.  Over the past eleven years, The Texas Aesthetic has grown from a six-man exhibition to a group show of twenty-plus artists.  The exhibition was actually the genesis of our Contemporary Texas Regionalist group, and today, the show features their incredible works, along with those of an array of specially invited guest artists.  The exhibition itself has now evolved into a genuine Texas art tradition, representing one of the premier gatherings of contemporary Texas talent, and garnering popular review and curatorial interest from all over Texas and the American Southwest.  With such success and fanfare, there should be no surprise that in The Texas Aesthetic XI, the gallery launches the exhibition’s second decade of this important exhibition series with an even bigger and better offering of Texas material! 

This year’s Texas Aesthetic has been thoughtfully crafted to bring patrons the summer’s most complete Texas art opportunity. Besides a stunning array of exceptional Texas artwork, the gallery rolls out the red carpet in a series of “Saturday Soirees” featuring the best of Texas literature, music, film and libations.

Co-sponsored with Texas Monthly, Reaves | Foltz have partnered with the likes of Texas A&M University Press (and their Texas Book Consortium), KTRU’s radio host Joey McKeel, and a host of museum collaborations including Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Grace Museum in Abilene, and Midland’s Haley Memorial Library to create a fun-filled, riveting art adventure. All of this pushing the exhibitions central thesis—“the finding of ‘Texas’ in Texas art”—to new heights and popular appeal. Check the William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art website often for schedule and further developments.

This year’s production will again include more than a score of the state’s premier working artists, accompanied by a prestigious group of art historians offering insights and informed observations on the past and present legacy of Texas’ visual arts. 

If you are only going to experience one art show this year, make it The Texas Aesthetic XI!  It’s a great way to celebrate the rich and lively cultural progressions of our Lone Star State and a culminating segue marking the end of yet another dazzling season of Texas art at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art!

The Texas Aesthetic XI:  The Search for “Texas” in Contemporary Arts and Culture will be on view May 5- July 1, 2017 at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art with an opening reception Saturday, May 13th from 6-8:30pm.

 

In addition, join us for six Saturdays of the best of Texas art, music, film, literature, cuisine, and libations! Full gallery programming for our Summer Soiree Series is listed in the schedule below. 

 

On view May 12- July 1, 2017

Saturday, May 13th, 6-8:30pm: Opening Reception

 

The Summer Soiree Series Event Schedule:

MAY 13:

11 AM - 12 PM, TEXAS ARTIST PANEL

Painting Texas Traditions Today

Pat Gabriel, Randy Bacon, Noe Perez

Moderated by William Reaves

1 - 2 PM, FEATURED TEXAS BOOK

Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art

by William Reaves and Andy Sansom

2:30 - 4:00 PM, CURATED TEXAS MUSIC

Familiar Ground: The Sounds of Western Swing*

OPENING RECEPTION FROM 6-8:30 PM

 

MAY 20:

11 AM - 12 PM, TEXAS ARTIST PANEL

New Regionalism: Defining Lone Star Character in Contemporary Texas Painting

Laura Lewis, Fidencio Duran, Jeri Salter

Moderated by Bonnie Campbell, Bayou Bend Collection & Gardens

1 - 2 PM, FEATURED TEXAS BOOK

Texas Identities: Moving Beyond Myth, Memory and Fallacy in Texas History

by Light Townsend Cummins, Austin College

2:30 - 4:00 PM, TEXAS FILM

Midnight Oil: The Making of a Texas Mural

A Texas Film by Larry Ray Causey II, Superwife Productions

 

JUNE 3:

11 AM - 12 PM, TEXAS ARTIST PANEL

The Nature of Art: Painting Wild Places & Wild Things

Margie Crisp, Bill Montgomery, Debbie Stevens

Moderated by Andy Sansom, Meadows Center for Water & the Environment

1 - 2 PM, FEATURED TEXAS BOOKS

River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado

by Margie Crisp

The Nueces River: Rio Escondido

by Margie Crisp with Artwork by William Montgomery

2:30 - 4:00 PM, CURATED TEXAS MUSIC

From the Heart: Classic Country with Lone Star Imprimatur*

 

JUNE 17:

11 AM - 12 PM, TEXAS ARTIST PANEL

The Lone Star Lens: Texas Photography Today

E. Dan Klepper, David K. Langford

Moderated by Sarah Foltz

1 - 2 PM, FEATURED TEXAS BOOKS

Why the Raven Calls the Canyon: Off the Grid in Big Bend Country

by E. Dan Klepper

Hillingdon Ranch: Four Seasons, Six Generations

by David K. Langford

2:30 - 4:00 PM, CURATED TEXAS MUSIC

The Tejano Spirit*

 

JUNE 24:

11 AM - 12 PM, TEXAS ARTIST PANEL

Print Making in Texas

Charles D. Jones, Craig Mindell, Charles Criner

Moderated by Sara B. Cain, Cain Fine Arts

1 - 2 PM, FEATURED TEXAS BOOK

The Book as Art

by Charles D. Jones, LaNana Creek Press

2:30 - 4:00 PM, LIVE TEXAS MUSIC

Stories in Music: Charles Jones’ Friends

 

JULY 1:

11 AM - 12 PM, TEXAS ARTIST PANEL

Painting Storied Lands: From the Big Bend to the Big Thicket

Mary Baxter, David Caton, Lee Jamison

Moderated by Sarah Beth Wilson, Art Museum of South East Texas

1 - 2 PM, FEATURED TEXAS BOOK

From Pecos to the Rio Grande

by Ron Tyler

2:30 - 4:00 PM, TEXAS FILM

Frank Reaugh: Pastel Poet of the Texas Plains

A Texas Film by Marla Fields

 

* Curated Texas Playlist Arranged & Introduced by Texas Aesthetic Music Curator, Joey McKeel, KTRU 96.1 FM