The Barretts began collecting Texas art about a quarter of a century ago, beginning with contemporary artists in the Dallas area and expanding throughout the state. Being intense collectors they soon amassed a sizable collection. In the late 1990s they began to share their collection with others. During the past fourteen years they have made several large gifts to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Dallas Museum of Art. Twice artworks were given with the caveat that a large portion of the gifts were to be distributed to selected smaller art museums in Texas.
AMoA benefitted both times and now owns 27 objects given with the Barrett’s blessing. These artworks will be part of the exhibition. Among the more notables are works by Derek Bosier, David Bates, Bill Komodore, and James Magee. Boshier’s works are included in The Collection of Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle, England, MoMA in NY, The Menil Collection in Houston, and The Tate Modern in London. Bates’ works are in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Dallas Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among others. Magee’s work is widely featured in museums and galleries across the U.S.A. and most recently had an exhibition at the Nasher in Dallas.
The extensive holdings of Texas art that these Dallas collectors put together over a 20-year-period are legendary among Texas art world. Along with being savvy collectors, the Barretts are also generous patrons committed to sharing their collection with Texas audiences through gifts to museums both large and small. Museums invited to participate in the AMoA Exhibition of Barrett gifts are as follows: Austin Museum of Art – Arthouse; Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin; El Paso Museum of Art; The Grace Museum, Abilene; J. Wayne Stark Galleries, Texas A&M University, College Station; Museum of the Southwest, Midland; The Old Jail Art Center, Albany; San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts; The Tyler Museum of Art; The University Galleries, Texas State University, San Marcos; University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston.