San Antonio’s thriving art landscape continues its international acclaim, as art aficionado Libby Tilley shares in her artful point of view of the new venue on the scene, SPACE and it’s bountiful selection from the Linda Pace Foundation.
It’s was almost an embarrassment of riches when this spring the Linda Pace Foundation opened SPACE, an exhibition space that makes the collection of late philanthropist and artist Linda Pace available for public view on an ongoing basis. Free and open to the public, SPACE is located in the South Flores District of San Antonio, and has created an dynamic sojourn for exploring cutting-edge contemporary art in an urban setting.
It’s important to note that the mission of the Linda Pace Foundation is guided by Pace’s conviction that contemporary art is essential to a dynamic society and that it fosters the creation, presentation, and understanding of innovative expression through contemporary art. Designed by architect Jim Poteet, SPACE was originally the artist studio of Pace and the Foundation offices which have been re-purposed and designed as an exhibition space to accommodate exhibitions of contemporary art related to the permanent collection.
SPACE is conducive to a wide variety of exhibitions that reflect the overarching collection criteria, which focuses on artists linked with the Artpace residency program, as well as other internationally recognized artists. For instance, nestled in the northeast corner of CHRISpark, the two-thousand square foot building is identified by a bold Daniel Joseph Martinez mural on the east-facing exterior wall.
Pace GEMS was the inaugural exhibition at SPACE and exhibited work in the collection by such artists as Catherine Opie, Donald Moffett, Lynda Benglis, Kendell Geers, Teresita Fernandez, Mona Hatoum, Jim Hodges, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Marilyn Minter, Glenn Ligon, and Wangechi Mutu, among others. The Foundation’s newest acquisition, a monumental sculpture by Andrea Bowers, Memorial to Arcadia Woodlands Clear-Cut (2013), is the focal point of the exhibition.
Now, for its fall exhibition, SPACE will unveil the United States premiere of the Foundation’s new acquisition of Parallax, a three-channel video by Pakistani-born international artist Shahzia Sikander who explores social and political boundaries in her work. When you travel the globe exploring contemporary art exhibitions you can look for art with Artpace’s influence.Since 2007, the Foundation has loaned over 200 works from its collection, including loans to the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, the Tate Museum and Royal Academy of Arts in London, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass., the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey – MARCO in Mexico, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, and the Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Republic of Korea.
As the years progress, the San Antonio community and beyond will continue to take note of SPACE and the enduring legacy of Linda Pace and the Foundation’s commitment to her vision of making the collection open to the public on an ongoing basis. Open Wednesday through Saturday, stop by SPACE and enrich yourself with free access to the world’s leading contemporary artists working today. The Pace GEMS collection is on view through September 13 and its PARALLAX show runs from October 4, 2014 – March 7, 2015.
Photography by Mark Menjivar