Umlauf Unveiled: Recent Gifts and Unseen Umlaufs
NOVEMBER 28, 2018 - FEBRUARY 20, 2019
This exhibition features a rich selection of sculptures and drawings by one of America’s most prolific artists and the Museum’s namesake, Charles Umlauf (1910-1994). Through Umlauf Unveiled, we proudly celebrate recent gifts from private donors and foundations, complemented by rarely seen objects from the vast City of Austin collection. Emphasizing the rich materials Umlauf used, sculptures in the gallery are made of alabaster, black Belgian marble, mahogany, American maple, painted plaster, terra cotta, and Umlauf’s favored medium, bronze. Using touch screen technology, visitors may “flip through” virtual artist’s sketchbooks, linking preliminary sketches to finished works in the gallery and garden.
2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Umlauf’s most famous student and life-long friend, Farrah Fawcett (1947-2009). The bronze bust of Farrah and touch screen table with archival letters and photographs in the gallery are dedicated to her memory.
We invite visitors to put on their art authentication hat by reading, evaluating, and deciding for themselves whether or not a mysterious bronze head located near the front of the gallery was sculpted by Umlauf. By bringing all these works together, we hope to enhance visitors’ understanding of the iconic Austin sculptor.
In addition to Umlauf’s works, we are pleased to display a glass and limestone sculpture by Damian Priour (1949-2011), a recent bequest to the UMLAUF. With Umlauf Unveiled, the Museum is honored to champion art, beauty, community, and philanthropy in Austin.