Bye-bye, Mr. American Pie

Bye-bye, Mr. American Pie

Artist Wayne ThiebaudSometimes a vital exhibition is a matter of timing. In October, when San Antonio’s McNay Museum of Art opened a one-hundred-piece retrospective of the career of painter Wayne Thiebaud to celebrate his one-hundredth birthday, the event was treated with due respect if not great excitement in the Texas art world. Thiebaud is revered among artists for his craftsmanship—he’s often described as a “painter’s painter”—but his best-known works, iconic paintings of diner-style desserts from the Pop Art era in the sixties, didn’t seem to speak much to the present moment or necessarily demand the McNay’s exhaustive, career-spanning survey. After all, how much pie can anyone take in one sitting?That blasé indifference toward the McNay show, which I’ll regretfully admit I shared to some extent, was upended…View Original Post

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