The Texas Aesthetic XI: The Search for Texas in Contemporary Art
May 12 - June 24, 2017
Opening Reception - Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:30pm
Billy Hassell_ Mockingbird with Peaches_ 2017_ oil on canvas_ 50x48 inches.

For each of 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 ten 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 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!

On view May 12- July 1, 2017

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