BR: Jiha Moon

Installation View of Jiha Moon, Foreign Love, 2014. Installation with ceramics and found objects
Courtesy of the artist and RYAN LEE, New York. Photo by Chris Rutan Photography.

BR: Burwell

Charles Burwell, Dialogue in Blue, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 128 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia

BR: Susan Chrysler White Installation

Installation view: Susan Chrysler White, Medusa, 2013, Acrylic on Plexiglas and stainless steel, 144 x 108 x 108 in. Courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York. Photo by Chris Rutan Photography.

BR: Nancy Lorenz 2

Nancy Lorenz, Lemon Gold, Silver, Sulphur, 2014, lemon gold, silver leaf, mirror, sulphur, pigment, and burlap on panel, 102 x 72 in. Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

BR: Alvarez

Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), We Came from the Stars, 2011, acrylic, enamel, cut paper, ink, colored pencil, organdy, feathers,
quills and crystals on ultrachrome prints, 72 x 126 in.
Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum


Kamrooz Aram, Incident at Varick and Harrison (Palimpsest #23), 2013. Oil, oil pastel, and wax pencil on canvas, 84 x 66 in. Courtesy of the artist and Green Art Gallery, Dubai.

BR Lorenz

Nancy Lorenz, Red Gold Pour, 2013. Gesso, gilder’s clay, red gold leaf, and pigment on burlap, 10 × 8 in. Collection of Lucy Schwalbe. Photo courtesy of the artist

BR McGinness

Ryan McGinness, The Lazy Logic of Ignava Ratio, 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 144 in. Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr. Photo courtesy of Ryan McGinness Studios, Inc./Art Resource, NY. © 2014 Ryan McGinness/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Rex Ray, Cyphellae, 2005. Oil, acrylic, and cut paper on linen, 76 x 76 in. Courtesy of the artist and Conduit Gallery, Dallas.

BR PHR Installation

View of Paul Henry Ramirez installation in Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting. Photo by Chris Rutan Photography.

BR: Davidek 2

Annette Davidek, Untitled #14-01 2014, oil on birch panel, 42 x 38 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Littlejohn Contemporary, New York

BR: Fernandez

Fausto Fernandez, I Ate Some Mushrooms And Remembered I Was Madly In Love With Her, 2013, collage with architectural prints, sewing patterns, maps, wall paper, image transfer, acrylic, and paint markers on canvas, 72 x 72 in. Courtesy of the artist.

BR: Schwartz

Rosalyn Schwartz, Untitled M-30 (detail), 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 35 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting

January 24, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Beauty Reigns features the work of 13 emerging and mid-career abstract painters, working in studios across the United States. The exhibition celebrates the exoticism, exuberance and optimism found in the artists’ work. Among the characteristics these artists share are high-key color, layered surface imagery, use of overall and repeated patterns, stylized motifs and a tension between melancholy and the sublime.

Beauty Reigns, which is organized by Rene Paul Barilleaux for the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, features works by artists both national and international perspectives. With the exception of Beatriz Milhazes, who lives in Brazil, the artists—who span two generations—work in communities across the United States. They span two generations and several include elements of visual vocabularies they were introduced to in other countries in their distinctive canvases.

Included in the exhibition are works by artists Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A), Kamrooz Aram, Charles Burwell, Annette Davidek, Fausto Fernandez, Nancy Lorenz, Ryan McGinness, Beatriz Milhazes, Jiha Moon, Paul Henry Ramirez, Rex Ray, Rosalyn Schwartz and Susan Chrysler White.

Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting is organized by the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas with generous lead support from The Semmes Foundation, Inc. Major supporters are Mary Beth and Jack Williamson (a gift of the James Family Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation), the Flora Crichton Visiting Artist Fund, the Ewing Halsell Foundation Endowment for Visiting Artists, the Director’s Circle and the Host Committee.

Its presentation in Akron is made possible by a major grant from The Lehner Family Foundation.

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