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“Surprising Art collection in Austin”

The Blanton Museum of Art
Ranked #31 of 325 things to do in Austin
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Owner description: This university art museum has a spectacular collection of 20th century American masters and the United State's largest collection of Latin American art.
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Surprising Art collection in Austin”
Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

Always something interesting to see at the Blanton. Nice way to spend an afternoon in Austin. Calm, peaceful, sublime entertainment.

Visited September 2013
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Arlington, TX
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“Fairly Small but with a Few Nice Pieces”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Blanton is not exactly big, but they had some nice stuff. Parking is easy in the adjacent garage and admission was reasonable. The whole collection fits on the second floor. There are several sections spanning many types of art, including a sprinkling of Greek & Roman sculpture (no originals), Renaissance paintings, contemporary artwork, and cubism. Unfortunately, they didn't have much from "the masters." No Raphael, Titian, Botticelli, Giotto, DG Rosetti, Dalí, or Picasso (one tiny little sketch doesn't count). We stopped to read most of the plaques and were done in 90 minutes or so.

Visited October 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Gilding the lilly to arrive at 3 stars”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

I've been to museums over the world but as a local or a traveler I can't figure this place out. It generally has lesser known artists....it almost has to, with so many world class galleries over the world, but even when it has a gem, it doesn't, to my mind, know quite what to do with them.
Now I admit to only one visit, but it was enough. In a obscure corner way up high, touching the ceiling.....a Remington.....on a large (about five feet square) a painted plywood display base with something I know not what, nor by who (ok, whom). Ignoring said piece, I casually placed my hand on the base....to be immediately and rudely chastised by a 20ish docent......my god, where do they get these all knowing barely post teen agers with their art 101 knowledge. Sorry, I digress. It's probably worth your time if you're an art buff or know of a particular piece you wish to see. To me it's another version of the University of Texas megalomaniacal penchant for building large structures with questionable value and or average contents. If you like the Musée d'Orsay, or some such, this is but a bump in the road.

Visited November 2012
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Austin, Texas
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39 reviews
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“Up close and personal with great works of art”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Controversy over the museum's design apparently resulted in two architectural firms designing the building. Regardless the resulting Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects building is a terrific. The exterior provides moments of shade from Austin's intense summer sun while the interior of the museum opens with an atrium space that feels like stepping into a cool blue pool.
The collection is huge and is one of the largest university collections in the country. The different collections are presented in an organized and understandable manner that make it easy to wander through allowing the viewer to get close enough to look at the brush strokes. One room not to be missed is a presentation of the "art of restoration" that employs a video with time lapse photography showing the different stages of restoration of the piece that is on exhibition. We only allowed an hour for our visit so we will have to return.

Visited August 2013
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“My favorite museum in Austin”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

The exhibits here are world class, and the permanent collections upstairs are wonderful, too, mixing Old West with Ancient collections, then wow! there is some modern art.

Visited August 2013
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