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The year in Art Town, Texas

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Ester Hernandez, Sun Raid, Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo. Photo Courtesy of the Museum.


Were there more group art shows this year? It's a difficult endeavor for both curator and preparator (being responsible to each individual artwork, each artist, and to the exhibition as a whole), at least one more level of difficulty beyond the usual. The "San Antonio Collects" series organized by SAMA presented, perhaps unexpectedly, a very large number of pieces and collections, especially in the contemporary section — proof that the arts in SA receive support from many individuals. Especially valuable for exhibiting important works not often seen was the SA Collects section devoted to African-American art, from the collections of Harriet and Harmon Kelley and Leo and Irene Edwards. "¡Queers, Presente! 25 años - 25 artists," curated by Penelope Boyer, recalled a period of queer art activism at the Esperanza that really should return.

Currently on view at the McNay is "Estampas De La Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection," a masterful collection of works by Chicano printmakers that chronicles the Chicano Movement beginning in the 1960s, and continues into the 21st century. If you haven't seen it yet, get out there — it's up through January 27.

*The original story incorrectly added REM Gallery to the hit list. We knew better; they are alive and kickin' in a big house gallery on Park. Here's a recent review to prove the point: http://sacurrent.com/arts/visualart/richard-and-maria-mogas-at-rem-gallery-1.1414474

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