Blanton hits jackpot, acquires work by Jesse Amado
Eighty miles north of Artpace, stands the University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art. Opened in 2006, the Blanton exhibits a variety of art – borrowed and permanently acquired – ranging from Ancient Civilizations to today.
Several Artpace alums have exhibited at the Blanton, including: Teresita Fernández (board member and IAIR 98.4) , Isaac Julien (honorary board member, IAIR 99.4, and HSR 03.4), Kehinde Wiley (HSR 09.1), Glenn Ligon (IAIR 98.1), Wangechi Mutu (IAIR 04.3), Alejandro Cesarco (HSR 10.1), James Drake (HSR 98.2).
By drawing “No. 1″ in last week’s Barrett Collection lottery at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Blanton earned first choice in acquiring work for their permanent collection. Among the 12 newly acquired works is an untitled mixed media work by Jesse Amado (IAIR 95.1, HSR 07), one of the original three residents at Artpace.
The Amado piece will be on display in the Blanton’s Lowe Gallery beginning August 19, juxtaposed with his 1995 installation, I Pray, Then I Play in the Collective Landscape.
This was the second lottery for the Barrett Collection, which boasts a focus on Texas artists, and the Blanton was one of several Texas museums invited to participate.
Image credit: White Floating,1994 from Amado’s 95.1 residency. Photo by Roberta Barnes Photography