Daniel Blagg “Roadside Distractions” at Tyler Museum of Art

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The Tyler Museum of Art (TMA) is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Regular TMA hours are 10am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5pm Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. The Museum is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler. For more info call (903)595-1001 or go to tylermuseum.org.

Landscapes of Fort Worth’s Daniel Blagg in Spotlight with New TMA Exhibition “Roadside Distractions”

The raw realities of urban landscapes marked by the passage of time as seen by one of Texas’ most prolific contemporary artists are the focus of the Tyler Museum of Art’s next major exhibition, “Roadside Distractions: Works by Daniel Blagg,” open to the public Sunday, September 4th-November 26th at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Admission is free.

Organized by the TMA, Roadside Distractions showcases 25 of Blagg’s urban realist paintings that depict a wide variety of decaying objects along roads, including old signs and abandoned buildings – with one notable exception, and a subject that will be familiar to Tyler residents: the Sky Vue Drive-In, a venue that plays first-run films but often is considered something of an anachronism as one of only 17 operational drive-in theaters remaining in Texas. All works in the exhibition are recent, including a watercolor piece the artist completed only weeks ago and will be shown to the public for the first time.

Growing up in West Texas, Blagg and his twin brother, Dennis, became fascinated by the desolation of the landscape surrounding them. After serving time as illustrators for the U.S. Army (Daniel in Vietnam, Dennis in Korea), their evolution as artists simultaneously converged and diverged as the brothers co-founded Artspace 111 in Fort Worth, where they both have resided for more than 40 years. As their careers have progressed, Dennis has focused more on scenes of rugged nature while Daniel has been drawn to civilization in a state of limbo.

“Dan and I work in a similar field of study: contemporary landscape painting. He paints the desperate face of urban decline while I paint the harsh face of the Big Bend desert,” Dennis said in comparing his and his brother’s work. “Both of us reflect a gritty reality that reflects a quiet loneliness.” 

Daniel Blagg’s work is included in numerous permanent collections including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, the Grace Museum in Abilene, and the Tyler Museum of Art. Though his work has been featured in several group exhibitions at the TMA, Roadside Distractions marks the artist’s first solo show at the venue.

Support for Roadside Distractions is provided by Collectors’ Circle-Platinum sponsor The Byars Foundation.

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Special Events

Blagg will return to the TMA for a gallery talk on his work at 2:30pm Sunday, October 15th, with a small reception to follow. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged at (903)595-1001.

Additional special events include guided First Friday Tours at 11am October 6th and November 3rd, and Family Days from 2-4pm Saturday, October 7th and November 11th.

“Making A Splash”

Organized by the TMA and curated by Caleb Bell, “Making A Splash” showcases the drawings and paintings of Shannon Cannings, of Lubbock, the photographs of Leigh Merrill, of Dallas, and mixed media collages of Kelly O’Connor, of San Antonio, in a group exhibition including close to 40 works of art.

“Making a Splash” is 0n exhibit through September 17th.

“While highlighting the talent of each individual artist in their respective media, the selected works in this exhibition provide a visual celebration of summertime,” Bell said. “From Disneyland and other familiar destinations to water guns and swimming pools, the images evoke a range of themes including nostalgia and Americana.”

Upcoming Exhibits

  • October 1st-January 7th – “Andy Warhol: Screen Prints & Snapshots”

Drawn from the Cochran Collection in Georgia, the works in this highly anticipated exhibition represent a cross-section of some of the most iconic output from history’s most celebrated purveyor of Pop Art. The subjects range from the dark (Dracula) to the whimsical (Howdy Doody, Mickey Mouse), creating a cross-section of Americana through the lens of Warhol’s singular vision. The name recognition that comes with Warhol is an immediate draw in the art world, and TMA anticipates this exhibition easily to be among the 10 most popular in the TMA’s history. The exhibition continues through January 7th, 2018.