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Discovering the American Modern 1907-1936: The King Collection

September 8, 2013 - January 5, 2014
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Arts Festival Plaza
1 Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, TX United States

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Discovering the American Modern 1907-1936: The King Collection is the premiere public presentation of a pre-eminent private collection featuring American Modernist masterworks from the early twentieth century—the Collection of Barry and Maria King. Composed of more than eighty select pictures from the Kings’ collection of over one hundred, the exhibition includes major figures such as Thomas Hart Benton, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, Robert Henri, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Man Ray, Joseph Stella, and Alfred Stieglitz. And alongside these acknowledged masters are essential American Modernists who, by way of early death or other vicissitudes, have been unduly neglected in the literature—for instance, Ben Benn, Albert Bloch, Hugo Robus, H. Lyman Saÿen, and William Yarrow. Any museum would be a proud home to the King Collection, whose significance would make the institution a crucial center for the study and appreciation of twentieth-century American Modernism.
Built over the past few decades, this collection is a testament to the collectors’ passion, predilections, and profound knowledge. Whilst providing a comprehensive survey of this exciting period in American art, the King Collection also evokes the particular tastes of Barry and Maria King, who favor bold compositions, vibrant colors, and subjects balanced rather consistently between landscapes on one hand and floral and fruit still lifes on the other.
In addition to introducing the King Collection to museum audiences, the EPMA exhibition and accompanying catalogue will explore major currents and themes of early twentieth-century American Modernism. Issues for investigation include the rediscovery of key contributors to the evolution of American Modernist painting, the role of immigrant and first-generation artists, and the primacy of the American environment. Besides painting, the show will feature a special section devoted to drawings and prints by master draftsmen of early twentieth-century America, including Lyonel Feininger and Abraham Walkowitz. Complementing the King works will be two loans from the Williams College Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which were formerly in the King Collection and exemplify the couple’s history of patronage and lending to arts institutions across the country.

Discovering the American Modern 1907-1936: The King Collection allows us to appreciate the discerning eye and passionate commitment of two collectors; and highlights the originality, diversity, and exuberance that fostered a distinctly American brand of visual modernism in the first half of the last century.

Sponsors:
WestStar Bank
BBVA Compass Bank
United Bank of El Paso del Norte
Lory and Jonathan W. Rogers, Jr.
Sara and Robert Shiloff
Annabelle and Travis Johnson
El Paso Museum of Art Foundation

Tickets may be purchased upon arrival at the Museum Store during regular hours of operation. Ticket bearer also receives free same day admission to Navigating Art Languages: The James M. Shelton, Jr. Collection between September 20, 2013 and January 5, 2014.

Parking is available at the Convention Center, Camino Real Hotel, and Mills Plaza Parking Garage for a small fee. Limited metered parking is available on Main Street. Free metered parking on Saturdays and Sundays.

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