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UTSA collaborates on trio of art retrospectives

(Jan 27, 2009)--The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio Museum of Art and Southwest School of Art & Craft will collaborate on a trio of exhibitions of the work of Marcia Gygli King, M.F.A., '80. Opening Jan. 28 and 29, "Marcia Gygli King: Forty Years," reflects the many facets of the respected artist. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The trio of retrospective exhibits opens with a reception at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the UTSA Art Gallery in the Arts Building on the 1604 Campus. The evening's centerpiece is a 7 p.m. lecture on King's work by renowned New York art historian and critic Robert C. Morgan.

From 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Southwest School of Art & Craft will co-host opening receptions at both venues. At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, David S. Rubin will host "A Conversation with Marcia Gygli King" at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

"Marcia Gygli King: Forty Years" represents the artist's many phases and interests. The UTSA gallery will exhibit a selection of her most recent works, "The Culture Series." Additionally, she will conduct a workshop at UTSA on her reverse painting techniques. Early works on paper, under the heading "Spontaneous Combustion," will be exhibited at the Southwest School of Art & Craft. The San Antonio Museum of Art will present "Botanical Paintings," a body of work she began in the early 1990s and continues to pursue.

King has produced work across multiple genres including feminist critiques and her latest work reflecting contemporary cultures of consumption. She uses varying styles from minimalist to expressive abstraction, to bold figurative painting, from intimate works on paper to wall-size paintings. With studios in New York City and San Antonio, her decades of work reflect the important give-and-take between regional artists and the New York art world.

King's extensive record includes numerous awards, frequent discussions of her work in magazines, journals and in a documentary, and a long list of national exhibitions. Her work is included in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, Arkansas Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum in New York, McNay Museum and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., among others.

"Marcia Gygli King: Forty Years" will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay by art critic and historian Robert C. Morgan, who speaks to King's universal appeal: "Her paintings... are an heroic consolation that the artist is still capable of opening people's eyes, hearts and minds everywhere."

Other essays in the catalog were written by Paula Owen, president of the Southwest School of Art & Craft, David S. Rubin, Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at SAMA, and Scott Sherer, associate professor of art history and director of the UTSA Art Gallery.

For more information, contact Laura Crist at (210) 458-4391.

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Marcia Gygli King: Forty Years"

"The Culture Series"
Jan. 28-March 1
Opening reception: 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28
Lecture by Robert C. Morgan: "Marcia Gygli King: The Metaphors of Life," 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28
The University of Texas at San Antonio
UTSA Art Gallery, Arts Building, 1604 Campus
San Antonio, Texas 78249
(210) 458-4391

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"Botanical Paintings"
Jan. 29-April 12
Opening reception: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29
Lecture: David S. Rubin, Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art hosts"A Conversation with Marcia Gygli King"
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3
San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78215
(210) 978-8100

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"Spontaneous Combustion"
Jan. 29-March 29
Opening reception: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29
Southwest School of Art & Craft
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery, Navarro Campus
300 Augusta
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 224-1848

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