The Art Lover’s Companion

More than sixty art insiders gave us their list of favorite works of art to see in Texas. So grab your notepad, sketchbooks, or iPad and take the ultimate tour of must-see art in Texas.

October 2011By Comments

From the Kimbell to the Menil, Texas’s museums are home to an exquisite collection of masterpieces. We asked more than sixty curators, gallery owners, critics, and other insiders for their favorites. Here’s the list of must-see art on view in Texas. An * denotes that the work is on our top ten list.

AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

FORT WORTH
*Thomas Eakins, Swimming (1885)
Martin Johnson Heade, Thunder Storm on Narragansett Bay (1868)
Frederic S. Remington, A Dash for the Timber (1889)

 

Dale Chihuly, Blue Cascade Cohn Chandelier, 1999
Art Museum of South Texas

ART MUSEUM OF SOUTH TEXAS

CORPUS CHRISTI
Dorothy Hood, Untitled #7 #110 (1980–1989)
James Surls, Seeing Through the Wind (1997)
Dale Chihuly, Blue Cascade Cohn Chandelier (1999)
Jesús Moroles, Pyramid Barge (1984)
Jesús Moroles, Mountain Core (1984)
Louise Nevelson, Silent Silence (1963–1968)

AUSTIN MUSEUM OF ART AT LAGUNA GLORIA

AUSTIN
Nancy Holt, Time Span (1981)

 

Vernon Fisher, Evidence of Houdini’s Return, 1994
The Blanton Museum of Art

BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

AUSTIN
Leo Steinberg Collection
Suida-Manning Collection
Vernon Fisher, Evidence of Houdini’s Return (1994)
Cildo Meireles Missao/Missoes [How to Build Cathedrals] (1987)
Teresita Fernandez, Stacked Waters (2009)
El Anatsui, Untitled (2007)
Anselm Keiefer, Sternenfall [Falling Stars] (1998)

CHINATI FOUNDATION

MARFA
*Donald Judd, 100 Untitled Works in Mill Aluminum (1982–1986)
Dan Flavin, Untitled, (Marfa project) (1996)
Ilya Kabakov, School No. 6 (1993)
Roni Horn, Things That Happen Again: For a Here and a There (1986–1991)

 

Alexandre Hogue, Drouth Stricken Area, 1934
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

DALLAS
Gerald Murphy, Clock (1925)
Gerald Murphy, Watch (1925)
Piet Mondrian, Place de la Concorde (1938–1943)
*Frederic Edwin Church, The Icebergs (1861)
Bojan Sarcevic, She (2010)
Otis Dozier, Cotton Boll (1936)
Alexandre Hogue, Drouth Stricken Area (1934)
Florence McClung, Squaw Creek Valley (1937)
Everett Spruce, Twins 1939–1940
Robert Rauschenberg, Skyway 1964
Jackson Pollock, Cathedral (1947)
Jackson Pollock, Portrait and a Dream (1953)
Ellsworth Kelly, Untitled (1982–1983)
Canaletto, San Cristoforo, San Michele, and Murano from the Fondamenta Nuove, Venice (1722–1723)
Christopher Wool, Untitled (1990)
The Rachofsky House
The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (1985)
Claes Thure Oldenburg, Stake Hitch (1984)

 

Sir Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641)
Portrait of a Lady (c. 1620–1621)
Oil on canvas, 47” x 36”
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, El Paso Museum of Art Collection

EL PASO MUSEUM OF ART

EL PASO
Audley Dean Nicols, Sunland Landscape (1923)
Sir Anthony van Dyck, Portrait of a Lady (c. 1620–21)

 

Edward G. Eisenlohr (1872-1961)
Country Church in Palo Pinto, 1945
Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches
Collection of the Grace Museum, 1945.001.001

GRACE MUSEUM

ABILENE
Edward G. Eisenlohr, Country Church in Palo Pinto (1945)

 

Walker Evans, Alabama Tenant Farmer Wife [Allie Mae Burroughs], 1936
Image courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

AUSTIN
Walker Evans, Alabama Tenant Farmer Wife [Allie Mae Burroughs] (1936)

 

Caravaggio, The Cardsharps, c. 1594
Kimbell Art Museum

KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

FORT WORTH
The Kimbell Art Museum, designed by Louis I. Kahn (1972)
Georges de La Tour, The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs (c. 1630–1634)
Harihara, style of Prasat Andet, Pre-Angkor period (c. 675–700)
*Caravaggio, The Cardsharps (c. 1594)
James Ensor, Belgian, Skeletons Warming Themselves (1889)
Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Raising of Lazarus (1310–11)
Jan Gossart, called Mabuse, Portrait of Hendrik III, Count of Nassau-Breda (c. 1516–1517)
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Glaucus and Scylla (1841)

MCNAY ART MUSEUM

SAN ANTONIO
Pablo Picasso, Woman With a Plumed Hat (1901)
Sandy Skoglund, The Cocktail Party (1992)
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Portrait of Hans Frisch (c. 1907)
Marsden Hartley, Portrait Arrangement(1914)
Edward Hopper, Corn Hill, Truro, Cape Cod (1930)
Pablo Picasso, Guitar and Wine Glass (1912)

MEADOWS MUSEUM

DALLAS
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Yard with Madmen (Corral de Locos) (1794)
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa) (Sibila con tábula rasa) (c. 1648)
Jusepe de Ribera, Portrait of a Knight of Santiago (Retrato de un caballero de la orden Santiago) (1630–1638)
William L. Lester, The Rattlesnake Hunter (1939)

 

Barnett Newman, Be I, 1949
Menil Collection, Houston, gift of Annalee Newman

MENIL COLLECTION

HOUSTON
Byzantine Fresco Chapel, Francois de Menil (architect) (completed 1997)
*Cy Twombly Untitled Painting (Say Goodbye Catullus, to the Shores of Asian Minor) (A Painting in Three Parts) (1994)
*Rothko Chapel, Barnstone and Aubry (architects) (completed 1972)
Dan Flavin, Untitled (1996)
René Magritte, L’empire des lumières (The Dominion of Light) (1954)
Witness to a Surrealist Vision room
Barnett Newman, Be I (1949)
Andy Warhol, Big Electric Chair (1967)
Votive Statue of Eannatum, Prince of Lagash Early Dynastic III (2600–2340 B.C.)
Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled (2009)

 

Philip Guston, Painter’s Forms II, 1978
Oil on canvas, 75 x 108 inches
Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum purchase, the Friends of Art Endowment Fund

MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT FORTH

FORT WORTH
*Martin Puryear, Ladder for Booker T. Washington (1996)
Anselm Kiefer, Quaternity (1973)
Anselm Kiefer, Book With Wings (1992-1994)
Pablo Picasso, Femme couchée lisant (1960)
*Richard Serra, Vortex (2002)
Dan Flavin, The Diagonal of May 25, 1963 (1963)
Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboys) #8 (1980–1984)
Philip Guston, Painter’s Forms II (1978)

 

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Joshua Montgomery Sears (Sarah Choate Sears), 1899
Oil on canvas
MFAH, gift of George R. Brown in honor of his wife, Alice Pratt Brown

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON

HOUSTON
Greek, Myrtle Wreath (c. 330–250 B.C.)
John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Joshua Montgomery Sears (Sarah Choate Sears) (1899)
Stuart Davis, Gloucester Harbor (1938)
Grace Spaulding John, Patterns: Portrait of Ruth Pershing Uhler (1932)
Gerhard Richter, Abstract Picture (Rhombus) (851-1) (1998)
Henri Matisse, Back I (1909, cast 1963)
Henri Matisse, Back II (1913, cast 1979)
Henri Matisse, Back III (1916-1917, cast 1963)
Henri Matisse, Back IV (c. 1930, cast 1964)
František Kupka, The Yellow Scale (1907)
Phillippe de Champaigne, The Repentant Magdalen (1648)
André Derain, Turning Road, L’Estaque (1906)
Francisco de Goya, Still Life with Golden Bream (1808–1812)
The Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden
Marinid Dynasty, Qur’an (718 AH/1318 A.D.) (*please note that Qur’an will not be on view until the new gallery opens, tentatively January 2012)
James Turrell, The Light Inside (1999)
Jasper Johns, Cicada (1979)
Cai Guo-Qiang, Odyssey (October 6, 2010)
Greek, Head of Poseidon/Antigones Doson (227–221 B.C.)
Charles Wilson Peale, Self-Portrait with Rachel and Angelica Peel (c. 1782–1785)
*Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Young Woman (1633)

 

Paul Gauguin, Tahitian Girl, c. 1896
Wood and mixed media
Nasher Sculpture Center
Photo: David Heald

NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

DALLAS
Paul Gauguin, Tahitian Girl (c. 1896)
Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Large Horse (Le Cheval majeur) (1914, enlargement 1966)
Medardo Rosso, Behold the Child (Ecce puer) (1906, date of cast unknown)
Henri Matisse, Reclining Nude I (Aurora) (1907)
Antony Gormley, Quantum Cloud XX (tornado) (2000)
Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman (Fernande) (1909)
Naum Gabo, Linear Construction in Space No. 1 (Variation) (1942—1943, enlargement 1957–1958)
Naum Gabo, Constructed Head No. 2 (1916, enlargement 1975)
*James Turrell, Tending, (Blue) (2003)

 

Frank Reaugh, The Approaching Herd, 1902
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

PANHANDLE-PLAINS HISTORCAL MUSEUM

CANYON
The Frank Reaugh Collection
H.D. Bugbee, The Cattleman (1934)
Frank Reaugh, The Approaching Herd (1902)
Frank Reaugh, The O Roundup, Texas, 1888 (1894)
Ruth Pershing Uhler, Growth (c. 1934)

 

Julian Onderdonk, Morning in Spring, purchase c. 1913
Oil on canvas, 30 X 40
San Antonio Art League and Museum

SAN ANTONIO ART LEAGUE AND MUSEUM

SAN ANTONIO
Julian Onderdonk, Morning in Spring (c. 1913)

SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART

SAN ANTONIO
Thomas Sully, Portrait of Sarah Sully and Her Dog, Ponto (1848)
Luis Cruz Azaceta, Oklahoma 4 (1994)
The Gilbert M. Denman Gallery
José Clemente Orozco, The Martyrdom of St. Stephen (c. 1946)
Lansdowne Marcus Aurelius (140–150 A.D.)
Yogini, Uttar Pradesh or Madhya period (10th–11th century)
Dish, China, Liao Dynasty (916–1125 A.D.)

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