June, 2009The annual Art in the Garden exhibit opens this summer at the San Antonio Botanical Garden showcasing the work of artist John Henry. Known worldwide for his large-scale public works of art, John Henry will exhibit his contemporary metal sculptures throughout the 33 acres of the Botanical Garden. The exhibit features massive geometric structures made of aluminum and steel. The pieces communicate a universal visual language through simple, geometric forms and bright vivid colors.
The San Antonio Botanical Society and Blue Star Contemporary Art Center are co-sponsoring the sculpture exhibition. Generous underwriting from The Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts helped to make Art in the Garden possible. Blue Star Contemporary Art Center would like to thank The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. for its generous support in exhibition funding.
Botanical Garden Director Bob Brackman is always excited to see works of art installed in the Garden. “The blending of art and nature is a perfect fit,” he relates. “Each artist brings his own creative style to Art in the Garden exhibits, but always showcases a perfect combination between the natural beauty of the garden with the excitement of outdoor contemporary structures.”
The show is curated by Bill FitzGibbons, Executive Director of Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. Blue Star and the Botanical Garden have partnered for the Art in the Garden exhibit for the past four years. “This is the first time in about twenty years that John Henry’s work will be exhibited in Texas,” says Bill. “We are pleased to have such a prominent sculptor come to San Antonio. This shows the city’s commitment to the arts.”
An opening reception for Art in the Garden is scheduled for July 16 with the artist present. The public is welcome. John Henry’s exhibit will be on display for one year.
John Henry: John Henry public works of art grace numerous museums as well as corporate, public and private collections. His works are prominently exhibited in many American cities and throughout Europe and Asia.
John has shown his work extensively since the early 1960s and exhibits a definitive trademark style that is recognized internationally. His works range in scale from small tabletop pieces to some of the largest contemporary metal sculptures in the world. While identified by some in the 1970s as part of the Minimalist Movement, the geometric forms that have defined John’s work for more than forty years have their aesthetic and historical base in Constructivism. John has a supreme commitment to the materiality of his work, and an unwavering insistence on maintaining the integrity of the process and the materials in developing his visual vocabulary.
The San Antonio Botanical Society: A Botanical Society membership allows visitors to enjoy daytime admission-free visits to the Garden year-round, so that they can enjoy Art in the Garden as well as other exhibits. For an annual membership of $60, a family with two adults and up to four guests (including children or grandchildren) can have free daytime admission year-round. A special Summer Garden Pass can be purchased for $30 which provides daily admission to the San Antonio Botanical Garden for the cardholder plus three guests from June 1 through August 31. The Summer Garden Pass also includes admission to all Concerts Under the Stars. The summer pass or membership can be purchased online at www.sabot.org or at the Garden entrance. Other membership levels offer special perks, such as invitations to receptions and special opening events.
Blue Star Contemporary Art Center: Blue Star Contemporary Art Center is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art center in San Antonio, Texas that advances the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists and the curatorial process. Through exhibitions and a variety of programs, Blue Star is an active participant in the development of regional, national and international contemporary art and provides a lively forum for the visual arts dialogue. For more information visit www.bluestarart.org.
The Botanical Garden is located at 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Avenue and is operated under the auspices of the City of San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation. The Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, the public can call 210-829-5100 or visit www.sabot.org.
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