John Wesley, Compleat Fritz, from Panoply: Eight Silkscreens Inspired by the Splendours of the Great War, 1971. ©2019 John Wesley.

Chinati Weekend 2019 Special Exhibitions

Special exhibitions at this year’s Chinati Weekend—Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13—will feature rarely seen works from the museum’s permanent collection by Donald JuddBarnett Newman, and John Wesley.

On view in the special exhibition gallery will be Donald Judd’s suite of untitled wall works in plywood from 1978. Judd created these works while his plans for what would become the Chinati Foundation were first being formulated. The plywood wall pieces form a group composed of sixteen individual works. All sixteen works have identical exterior measurements but bear unique internal compositions. Diagonal and vertical divisions are recurring motifs. This suite of variations within a set form prefigures the 100 works in mill aluminum that Judd would soon begin conceiving for the artillery sheds at Chinati, where the spatial configurations realized in this group of sixteen wall works were developed on a much larger scale.

Also on view in the special exhibition gallery will be Barnett Newman’s Notes(I–XII)(1968), a portfolio of seventeen etchings and aquatints that, like Judd’s plywood works, are composed of variations within a set form. The portfolio of prints was a gift to Chinati from trustee Annalee Newman after her husband’s death, and it was a goal of Judd’s to permanently display them in a small building of their own at Chinati.
Chinati Weekend will also feature the debut of a rehanging of the John Wesley Gallery, which will include rarely exhibited paintings from the permanent collection as well as Panoply: Eight Silkscreen Prints Inspired by the Splendours of the Great War, a series of silk screen prints that Wesley made in 1971. The series depicts, in Wesley’s typical humorous fashion and with his usual limited palette of flat colors, scenes, activities, and items of apparel associated with World War I.

Together, these exhibitions will present works from Chinati’s collection that are not permanently on view—works that demonstrate an affinity in their selective use of materials and palette and their heightened attention to the play of pattern and variation.

If you would like more information about Chinati Weekend, please click here.

To purchase tickets to the Benefit Dinner, Chinati’s biggest fundraising event of the year, click here or call Joni Marginot at 432-729-4362 ext 235.