William Reaves and Sarah Foltz Fine Art presents Texas Originals: Six Bayou City Expressionists opening reception
William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art presents Texas Originals: Six Bayou City Expressionists. As the title implies, the current exhibition celebrates the work of six pioneering Houston artists who served as principal sources of origin and unrivaled champions of a particular brand of Houston-based abstraction emergent in the late '50s and dominating the local scene over the ensuing decades of the 20th century.
This sextet of painters include Jack Boynton, Dorothy Hood, Leila McConnell, Charles Schorre, Richard Stout, and Dick Wray, all of whom now stand as Houston icons and whose collective work energized the early expressionist movements of mid-century Texas modernism. Working with “heads down” in “down home” isolation of the city’s nascent post-war art scene, this talented assemblage of Houston-based abstractionists created powerful and compelling works of break-through proportion.
Their collective output was on a par sufficient to achieve strong regional affirmation, and theretofore unprecedented national recognition for the city cultural resources. Propelled by progressive gallerists and cosmopolitan museum leaders of the day, these six pioneering modernists played a major role in transforming the Bayou City into a major national art center, and set the standards for what would ultimately emerge as a distinctive “Houston school” of painting near the close of the century.
This exhibition brings their impressive works together for the first time in many years. The selections are a testament to their past and present artistic contributions to Houston’s fine arts legacy, and remind us of the enduring quality and vibrancy of their work.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through March 19.