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interview with Mary Bones, curator of "The Lost Colony:
Texas Regionalist Paintings," in the Museum
of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas.
The Lost Colony refers to the summer art colony at Sul Ross which
began in 1932 and ended somewhat mysteriously in 1950. Alpine
is 30 minutes northeast of Marfa right next door.
the region, as Michael Duty writes in the introduction to the
exhibit's catalog, "It... has long called to artists who
have been captivated by its natural beauty, its history, and
its people. In recent times, the area has also drawn the attention
of writers and reporters who have written numerous articles touting
the area's prominence as something of a center, albeit a far
flung one, for contemporary art. Those articles focus primarily
on Marfa and the influence that minimalist sculptor Donald Judd
has had on the town..." Later, Duty adds that Judd "was
certainly not the first artist to be so captivated".
Mary Bones explains the inspiration for the exhibit, and shares
the stories about and friendships of some of the painters, in
particular,Texan Julius Woeltz and his teacher Xavier
González, a native of Spain, both of whom made trips
to Mexico City to study the Mexican muralists, including Diego
Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. (Click
here for more about Xavier González.)
Some of the other painters discussed are Mabel Vandiver, Anna
Keener, Elizabeth Keefer, Coreen Mary Spellman, Harry Anthony
De Young, Beatrice Cuming, Otis Dozier, William Lester, James
Swann, Ethel Edwards, Alice Reynolds, and Juanita Montgomery.
Several of these paintings can be seen in the article by Mary
Bones, "The Lost Colony: Texas Regionalist Paintings - Rediscovering
an Artistic Past," Cenizo Journal,
4th Quarter 2011.
Recorded in late January 2012.
See also my blog post Notes
on Xavier González (1898-1993), "Moonlight Over the
Chisos" and a Visit to Mexico City's Antigua Academia de
San Carlos, the Oldest Art School in the Americas
Your comments are always
Woeltz is my favorite... He was really known as a fine muralist.
I think he painted well over 30 murals in his lifetime. He was
very much was influenced by Rivera and Orozco. He and his very good friend,
Xavier González, spent many summers down in Mexico and
Mexico City looking at the muralists..."