The McNay Art Museum presents Beyond Reality, showcasing artwork by four Texas-based artists who came of age in the early 21st century: Carlos Donjuan, Angela Fox, Ernesto Ibañez, and Dan Lam. Each employs bright colors, varied shapes, and unexpected textures to create captivating works that thrill the senses. The show runs March 22 - August 13, 2023.
Dan Lam’s eye-catching sculptures use unconventional materials to playfully yet thoughtfully explore the space between allure and repulsion. Made of painted polyurethane foam and often covered in spikes, her blob-like pieces that appear to melt and drip. Delicious Monster, one of Lam’s largest drip sculptures to date, is featured in the show. The show also includes some of Lam’s dynamic beaded wall pieces, like Wait A Little Longer, a material that Lam has only worked with on one solo exhibition.
“The McNay Art Museum is showing an array of my work from 2017 to present, which includes wall pieces, shelf pieces, and free standing sculptures. I'm so excited to be exhibiting with such a strong group of Texas artists.” - Dan Lam
“While social media provides immediate global accessibility and recognition for artists and their work, museums continue to play an important role by providing a deeper connection between the viewer and the art. The work by these artists exudes a playful, tangible richness and complexity that goes beyond a photograph. The in-person experience is the reward.” -Liz Paris, McNay Collections Manager and co-organizer of the exhibition
About the museum: The McNay Art Museum engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Built in the 1920s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first modern art museum when it opened in 1954. Today, 200,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Deborah Butterfield, Margarita Cabrera, Paul Gauguin, vanessa german, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Pierre- Auguste Renoir, and Deborah Roberts. The 25 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds include sculptures by Willie Cole, Robert Indiana, Luis A. Jiménez Jr., Alejandro Martín, George Rickey, Joel Shapiro, Kiki Smith, Tom Wesselmann, and more. McNay is open Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m.