William Reaves Fine Art opening reception and lecture: "The Reductive Landscape: Paintings & Drawings by Jack Boynton and McKie Trotter"
Beginning in the early 1950s, McKie Trotter (1918-1999) and Jack Boynton (1928-2010) forged a professional relationship at TCU, first as teacher and student and subsequently as professional colleagues, which literally changed the dynamics of landscape painting in Texas. Informed and inspired by the inventive output of the other, they introduced and perfected a reductive form of landscape painting.
By reducing the Texas light, land and atmosphere to its simplest terms in paint, they produced mystical, highly-charged renditions which lent an expressionist vision to the Lone Star landscape for the first time. Their efforts received high acclaim in their time, enabling both artists achieve formidable exhibition records among their peers, their mid-century Texas work embracing the walls of premier institutions such as The Guggenheim, MOMA, The Whitney and The National Academy of Design.
This exhibition reconsiders their ground-breaking landscapes of the '50s and '60s, which Trotter continued from his faculty base at TCU, and Boynton perfected in his move to Houston and eventually to a teaching position at the University of St. Thomas.
An opening reception is scheduled on Feb. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. On Feb. 28, 2-4 p.m., Sarah Beth Wilson, curator of exhibitions and collections at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, will be featured as a guest speaker.
On view through Feb. 28.