The genesis of this exhibition began in San Antonio, where
FitzGibbons, the former director of the Blue Star Contemporary
Art Museum, established the Icelandic Culture Exchange in 2007.
FitzGibbons says the exchange program was initiated as a result of
a lighting installation he had done in Reykjavik. And so it was that
in 2011, the sculptor Gudjón Bjarnason came to Blue Star as part
of this program. Bjarnason, who is also an architect, spends several
months of the year working in Pondicherry, India, where he first
introduced the work of Texas artists to the Icelandic ambassador. It
was actually Bjarnason who was first asked to show at the National
Academy. However, the 30,000-square-foot space was too large
for him to fill himself, prompting him to ask FitzGibbons to put
together a contingent of Texas artists to show concurrently. “It is
important to have an ongoing dialogue. It works better when you
have artists meeting with artists. That’s when things happen,” says
BY NANCY COHEN ISRAEL
nywhere you go in the world, the work of Texas artists
is sure to turn up. Visiting India this month? Be sure to
see Texas!, an exhibition at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New
Delhi’s National Academy of Art. The exhibition features the work
of 14 sculptors from the Lone Star State.
Spearheading it are George Tobolowsky and Bill FitzGibbons.
The pair created The Lone Star Art Alliance to promote the work
of Texas artists on the international stage. FitzGibbons, a San
Antonio sculptor, selected the participants: Ricky Armendariz,
Amita Bhatt, FitzGibbons, Wayne Gilbert, Trenton Doyle Hancock,
Christy Karll, Sharon Kopriva, Catherine Lee, Charmaine Locke,
Rahul Mitra, Sherry Owens, George Schroeder, ]ames Surls, and
Tobolowsky. He looked for a broad demographic representation
from the three largest sculpture centers in the state: Dallas,
Houston, and San Antonio. Lily Wei, an independent curator based
in New York, is curating the exhibition and writing the catalogue.
Bill Fitzgibbons, Delhi Portal, smoke drawing, 30 x 30 in.
TEXAS SCULPTORS INAUGURATE EXCHANGE EXHIBITION IN INDIA.