Barry Walker

The curator of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston discusses the museum’s recent acquisitions, from Jasper Johns to Philip Guston.

How long have you been with the museum?

Sixteen years.

Where are you from originally?

I’m that rare breed, a native Manhattanite.

And one living in Texas, no less!

What have you noticed about the progression of the collection over those sixteen years?

Good lord, it’s boomed. It’s been really gratifying to see the growth of the collection. It’s been staggering. The [Audrey Jones] Beck building brought forth many gifts and then with this show, the collection has just grown so much in the last ten years.

How long has it been since there’s been an exhibition showcasing this collection?

Actually there hasn’t been one like this in I don’t know how long. It’s about time because many people consider Jasper Johns the greatest living artist, and we’ve never been able to show our three paintings by him altogether. We

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