The period from 1980 to 1983 was a seminal period in Wilcox’s work as an artist. He was starting out facing questions about whether he had the temperament and talent to become a serious artist. Perhaps spurred on by these questions this was also one of the most creative periods of his career. After leaving Texas in 1980 he ultimately ended up living in an old bunkhouse on a ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Here he immersed himself in his work with frequent trips to New York and back to Texas. During this period his doubts about his talents were tempered by an astounding array of works on canvas and paper.
Rick Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair and Co-Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums at The University of Texas at Dallas, has selected twelve of Wilcox’s canvases from this period along with several works on paper. These works are installed at the Wilcox Space and will be on view to the general public during this opening. Viewings at other times will be by appointment only by contacting the Barry Whistler Gallery, 214-939-0242.