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THE INAUGURAL EXHIBITION IN THE NEW TALKINGTON GALLERY OF ART OPENS AT THE

THE INAUGURAL EXHIBITION IN THE NEW TALKINGTON GALLERY OF ART OPENS AT THE

By David Dean

 

 

 

LUBBOCK, TX—The Museum of Texas Tech University is delighted to announce the opening of a new gallery, the Talkington Gallery of Art. The inaugural exhibition for this gallery is AZnNMnTX — 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, opening April 5, at 6pm, during the First Friday Art Trail event at the Museum, located at 4th Street and Indiana Avenue , where parking and admission are free.Dr. Peter Briggs, Helen DeVitt Jones Curator of Art at the Museum, remarks about the new Talkington Gallery of Art, “The Talkington Gallery exists because of the goodwill and foresight of Margaret Talkington. The funds she gifted to the Museum allowed us to renovate several thousand square feet of gallery space, revamping it to exhibit our art collection.” {{more}}The Museum of TTU’s Executive Director echoes Dr. Briggs’ enthusiasm, adding, “This gallery is an exceptional addition to the Museum that offers the University and Lubbock communities opportunities to experience great art in a setting that befits the collections and that is in keeping with the Museum’s vision of becoming a premier national museum.”The first exhibition, AZnNMnTX — 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, is comprised of over 50 pieces by artists who have worked in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and is drawn entirely from the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, including several works donated by Margaret Talkington.Dr. Briggs explains, “The Talkington collection consists primarily of paintings and watercolors. It is an important collection for several reasons. Perhaps paramount is that the collection provides a glimpse into NICOLAI FECHIN, Peasant Girl, 1920-23, oil on canvas. Collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University.aesthetic decisions that guided the Talkingtons as they collected original works of art while living for many decades in Lubbock. The majority of the Talkington collection consists of 20th century art by artists who lived or worked in the Southwestern United States.”Briggs observes, “Their art collection dovetailed with the Museum’s collection that also features Southwest artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. The two collecting paths have melded into one. And the Talkington Gallery provides an outstanding public forum to explore the region’s art.” And he added, “The art really has international scope.”Briggs continues, “Due to Margaret’s [Talkington] generosity, we are now the heirs to their insight and taste. And insight, or better put vision, abound in the collection and the exhibition.”Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, William Lester, Jane Abrams, Julian Onderdonk, Peter Hurd, Gustave Baumann, David Bates, Santa Barraza, and Terry Allen.The exhibition includes such showstopper works as those by renowned artists Nicolas Fechin, Fremont Ellis,CARL OSCAR BORG, Sacred Medicine, 1923, oil on canvas. Collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University. and Leon Gaspard, as well as sentimental favorites like Jamie’s Pumpkins by Henriette Wyeth, and nostalgic landscapes by Clark Hulings and Wilson Hurley. Dr. Briggs hints, “There are some exceptional surprises such as two small, intimate paintings on panel by Sarah Isabella van Doren Shaw, a follower of Whistler.”The Museum of Texas Tech University Association has been instrumental in supporting the development of the art collection and many of the works were acquired as a result of the Association’s efforts.The first public viewing of the exhibition and gallery is April 5 from 6-9pm; admission is free. The exhibition will continue for the remainder of 2013, affording everyone many opportunities to return and enjoy the masterpieces on display in the Talkington Gallery of Art.For more information about Museum hours, call 806.742.2490 or email museum.texastech@ttu.edu.Stay up to date with MoTTU exhibitions and events at www.museum.ttu.edu.“There’s something for everyone at the Museum.”