Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A Report from Dallas

Today we hear from guest poster Brian T. Allen, the Addison's Mary Stripp & R. Crosby Kemper Director, who has recently returned with this report from Dallas, Texas:

The Addison’s Coming of Age show has finally hit the road! On November 29th, I attended the gala opening of the exhibition at the Meadows Museum, the academic art museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In time-honored Texas tradition, it was quite a party. I was delighted to see so much support for the show from the wonderful arts establishment in Dallas. So many longtime supporters of the arts in the city told me how much they love the Addison and its fabled collection and how delighted they were to see the show come to town.

The Meadows has one of the greatest collections of Spanish art in the country. Since my dissertation was on the influence of Spanish art on American art in the early nineteenth century, I was very moved to see the Addison’s great treasures in close proximity to magnificent paintings by Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, El Greco, Goya, Sorolla, and others. Quite a conversation they will be having over the coming months.

The show next travels to the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London and then to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Museum of Art-Fort Lauderdale.

Pictured above, l to r, are Mark A. Roglán, Director of the Meadows Museum, Gerald Turner, President of SMU, Linda Evans, President of the Meadows Foundation, and Brian T. Allen, Addison Director.

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