"Visiting the first floor of the University of Texas’ Blanton Museum of Art is like hopping into a time machine to two fascinating pockets of the mid-1960s New York art world. That’s fitting, because most of the five sculptors and five painters whose work is reunited in Reimagining Space: The Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York were quite taken with science fiction, physics, Space Age technologies and expanding perception. They were forward-looking people, which may help explain why their work still looks so fresh."
- Douglas Britt, Houston Chronicle, "Austin Exhibits: A Magical Blend of Old and New," January 21, 2009
“At the center of Austin's dynamic art scene is the Blanton Museum of Art…the Blanton is more than just a great collection of art – it is a community.”
– Bryan Brah, Our Campus, UT's monthly magazine, “The Blanton Museum: Breathing Life into Art,” September 2008
“Also exhibiting solid evidence of growth, the Blanton Museum of Art – which has exceeded attendance estimates since it opened in 2006 – will open the doors Nov. 16 to its 56,000 square-foot Edgar A. Smith Building.”
– Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, XL (Austin American Statesman), “Fall Arts Preview,” September 4, 2008
“Ten years after Head of St. Michael, a painting by the Venetian master Paolo Veronese, entered the collection of the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, curators there have confirmed that it is a missing fragment from an altarpiece in Italy.”
– Carol Vogel, The New York Times, July 25, 2008) (A feature article on the rediscovery of a fragment of Veronese's Petrobelli altarpiece, considered one of the artist's most important achievements). Click here to read the Blanton's press release on this remarkable find.
“The University of Texas' Blanton Museum of art was named the state recipient of the Vogels' ‘Fifty Works for Fifty States’ program…the Vogels are giving away 2,500 artworks from their collection of post-1960s art. Each of the 50 states will receive a portion of what is considered one of the best collections of minimalist and conceptualist art in the nation.”
– Kriston Capps, The Dallas Morning News, “Texas Gets a Major Donation: Contemporary Pieces Going to UT Museum,” May 2, 2008
“At the Blanton Museum of Art, art is more than images on a wall. Instead, it's an experience with the power to change people?nd the city the museum calls home.”
– Robin Tooms, Step Inside Design magazine, March/April 2008 (A feature article on the collaboration between the Blanton and Milkshake Media titled, “Insight: Branding for Communities”)
Blanton Receives Major Award from AICA-USA for The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
The Blanton Museum of Art received the prestigious award for “Best Thematic Show Nationally” from the United States section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA) for its 2007 exhibition The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection.
Declared by The New York Times a “must–see for anyone interested in modern art,” The Geometry of Hope drew upon the Caracas–based Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, one of the world's leading collections of Latin American art, to examine the dynamic visual vocabulary of Geometric Abstraction as it developed in the cosmopolitan art capitals of South America from the 1930s through the 1970s. The exhibition was organized by Gabriel Pérez–Barreiro, the Blanton's curator of Latin American art. After its showing at the Blanton from February 27 to April 22, 2007, a variant of the exhibition traveled to New York University's Grey Art Gallery, where it appeared from September 12 to December 8.
The award was presented to the museum at an awards ceremony at New York's Guggenheim Museum on March 17, 2008.
Thank You Austin!
Voted "Best Museum" and "Best Place to See New Art" by Austin Chronicle readers:
The wait for a world-class art gallery was a long one, but in its second year open, it's hard to believe we lasted without it. The coolly elegant Blanton, with its labyrinth of galleries looping around the massive central atrium, has an Old World grandeur. The 17,000-piece collection, regularly supported by touring exhibitions, proves Austin knows its D?er from its Rothko, and the monthly B Scene late-night event has lived up to its playful name by becoming must-see artistry. And by next fall, the twin building will be up and running with an auditorium, cafe, gift shop, and classrooms.
— "Best of Austin 2007" issue, Austin Chronicle, October 11, 2007
Blanton Takes the Gold
The Blanton took a top honor with a Gold MUSE award (the American Association of Museums' Media and Technology prize) for the audio tour, Uncommon Commentary. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in all varieties of media programs produced by or for museums.
The Blanton also received Honorable Mention for its poster design, "Art Is Connection," and for its Grand Opening press kit in the 2007 American Association of Museums' Publications Design Competition.
The Blanton won these 2007 Wilder Awards from Texas Association of Museums:
Bookmark/Brochure - Gold
Grand Opening Invitations - Silver
Grand Opening ads - Silver
School Programs Brochure - Merit
Articulate member magazine, Fall 2006 - Merit
Articulate member magazine, Summer 2006-Merit
Blank book / journal - Merit
Museum Wins a 2006-2007 Austin Critics' Table Award
The Blanton was awarded "Best Museum Exhibition" for The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection at the 2006-07 Austin Critics' Table Awards. The awards were announced at a ceremony on June 4 and include categories in visual and performing arts, music, and theater. The annual event is organized by arts critics for the Austin American Statesman and the Austin Chronicle to honor and celebrate achievement in the arts in Austin. For a complete list of winners, visit Statesman arts writer Jeanne Claire van Ryzin's blog Seeing Things.
The Blanton Receives Surprise Celebrity Visit
Maria Shriver and guests with Blanton Director Jessie Otto Hite during a recent trip to Austin.
Photo by Catherine Murrey
Milkshake Media Wins ADDYs for Blanton Museum of Art Designs
The Austin Advertising Federation awarded the winners of the 2007 ADDYs on Friday, February 23. The annual event drew Austin's most influential marketing talent who gathered to recognize and reward the region's best advertising work.
Milkshake Media was awarded six ADDYs for its work with the Blanton Museum of Art. The categories and awards included: a Gold ADDY® Award for publication design for the member magazine, Articulate; Silver for brochure design for the Paul Chan catalogue; Silver for broadcast/electronic design for the museum's Web site; Bronze for "out-of-home" design for street stickers; Silver for direct marketing specialty design for gift items in the museum shop; and Bronze for campaign design for the advertisements.
Best of Show and Gold award-winners automatically go on to compete at the district and national levels. This year the national competition takes place June 7-9 in Louisville, Kentucky.
For more information on the ADDYs and Austin Advertising Federation visit www.austinadfed.com.
Art & Music Capital of the World
Austin GuitarTown Project
The Blanton is one of several handpicked sites for a new eye-catching public art project, Austin GuitarTown, sponsored by Gibson Guitars.
The entrance to the museum at MLK and Congress, hosts the ten-foot guitar sculpture designed by Texas-based artist Dianne Sonnenberg titled "Striking Texas Gold." Signed by recent Grammy award winners the Dixie Chicks, the title is particularly fitting. The Blanton guitar was funded by the MFI Foundation.
The Austin GuitarTown project is a public arts project dedicated to bringing visual and musical artists together in a unique display of ten-foot Gibson Guitar sculptures to be placed throughout the city through the fall of 2007. The project will benefit designated Austin-based charities.
For more about the project visit www.gibson.com/AustinGuitarTownWebsite/
Annette DiMeo Carlozzi Appointed Director of Curatorial Affairs
Annette DiMeo Carlozzi
Photo by Ave Bonar
The Blanton Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, the Blanton's Curator of American and Contemporary Art, has been appointed to additional duties as Director of Curatorial Affairs for a two-year period. The new position was instituted just in advance of the first anniversary of the Blanton's newly expanded facility and program. The Director of Curatorial Affairs will provide leadership in establishing a unified and consistent curatorial position with regard to collections and exhibitions. The Blanton has six curators on its staff.