Lone Star Portraits

May 13, 2014May 10, 2015

Ever since Leonardo da Vinci created his celebrated Mona Lisa, artists have tried to paint portraits as distinctive as this Renaissance masterpiece. See how Texas artists established their own portrait tradition in this installation that pairs artists’ self-portraits with those of their close friends, relatives, and colleagues. Featuring works by some of the state’s most important artists of the twentieth century and today, this modest exhibition suggests how intimate, detailed likenesses allowed Texas artists to identify themselves in public and private spheres similar to today’s selfies and Instagram photographs.