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The Telling and the Told: David McGee - Works on Paper

January 22 - March 10, 2018

Reception:Friday, January 26, 5:30 PM — 8 PM

Caravaggio,2014, 40" x 30", Watercolor on paper, Collection of Lester Marks / LCM Partners, Houston, TX

Arlington – The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present an exhibition showcasing works on paper by Houston-based artist David McGee, organized by the Houston Museum of African American Culture. The Telling and the Told, which premiered in Houston before travelling to the University of Texas at Arlington, includes over thirty watercolors illustrating an eclectic array of themes. McGee’s wide-ranging literary and pop-cultural interests are evident, and are mirrored and, frequently, amalgamated in his evocative ‘mash-up’ artworks. Benito Huerta, curator of the exhibition, selected images from several series created over the past twenty years to showcase McGee’s complex visual narratives that encompass everything from art historical references and Hip Hop music, to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and fairytales, to Cuban poetry and Greek mythology. As Huerta commented, “David’s many interests are as varied as his art. He reads the classics as well as contemporary books, but what he really likes to do is mix it up – both in his literary tastes and his art.”

Dali,2010, 30" x 22", Watercolor on paper, Collection of Poppi Massey, Houston, TX

David McGee was born in Lockhart, Louisiana, and he currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. He is known for his thought-provoking paintings that frequently reference literature and language, and the juxtaposition of word with image. He has been the focus of several solo exhibitions throughout the United States including venues in New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah; and his work is held in collections including The Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA); the Boston Museum of Art; The Menil Collection (Houston); the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Rhode Island School of Design Museum; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Deceive,2015, 30" x 22", Watercolor on paper, Collection of Jim and Sarrah Petersen, Houston, TX

In association with the exhibition, David McGee will discuss his work in an hour-long gallery talk/dialogue with Benito Huerta on Thursday, January 25 beginning at 12:30 pm in The Gallery at UTA. There will be a reception on Friday, January 26 from 5:30 to 8 pm with brief remarks beginning at 6:30 pm. The exhibition, talk, and reception are free and open to the public.

Pimp,2010, 30" x 22", Watercolor on paper, Collection of Gregory and Alyssa Shannon, Houston, TX

Gallery hours are 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Friday and noon until 5 pm on Saturday. The Gallery is located in the Fine Art Building, room 169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information, contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or

The 2017- 2018 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, Art & Art History Department Students, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin.


All events are free and open to the public.

Hours: Monday - Friday, 10AM - 5PM | Saturday, 12PM - 5PM

Located on first floor in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta 817-272-3143 or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658




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