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McNay Art Museum Showcases Art Collection of 1950s Maverick Tom Slick: International Art Collector
Georgia O’Keeffe, Sun Water Maine, 1922, Pastel on paper, Collection of the Slick Family, © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.
SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Tom Slick (1916–1962) is an important figure in San Antonio’s history. A legendary explorer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist, he founded the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, the Southwest Research Institute, and the Mind Science Foundation, among many well-known accomplishments in his short life. Slick’s achievements as a collector of modern art, however, have been under appreciated.

Slick’s passion for scientific research, along with his interest in exploring natural phenomena and the life of the mind, indicate an openness in all things, including art and architecture. His world travels and his respect for different cultures also caused his collection to be international in scope.

Featuring over 50 paintings and sculptures, this exhibition reunites for the first time the works given to the McNay by the Tom Slick estate in 1973 with those held by his family in their private collections. Slick’s collection was formed from the mid-1950s until his death, during the time he was building a landmark contemporary house designed by O’Neil Ford as a setting for his art.

Among the iconic paintings in the Slick collection at the McNay are Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Sylvette and Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Plains I. Among the sculptures are major works by Barbara Hepworth and Isamu Noguchi. The family is lending additional works by all of these artists, as well as master works by William Zorach and William Baziotes, a fascinating group of contemporary British and Indian paintings, and figurative sculptures by Texas artist Charles Umlauf, among many others. The Tom Slick collection offers a rich and varied picture of the art of his time.

McNay Art Museum | Georgia O’Keeffe | Tom Slick | Barbara Hepworth | Isamu Noguchi | William Zorach | William Baziotes |




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