Always something interesting to see at the Blanton. Nice way to spend an afternoon in Austin. Calm, peaceful, sublime entertainment.
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... More
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... More
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... More
This light-filled little museum is a great way to spend several hours. On the edge of the UT campus, across from the history museum, it's got a friendly staff who carry none of the "if you don't understand this art, then you're a peon" attitudes that can be found in other museums. There are plenty of diverse exhibits: plaster casts... More
Maybe I was expecting more from a museum at UT-Austin, but this museum was pretty average compared to other fine arts museums found on a college campus. Easy to walk through but some odd choices of exhibitions and organization. Contemporary art was on special exhibit, but it was probably 50/50 in terms of hits and misses. With a better special... More
It's really about the work. LOVE it. Great work showcased in a way that is all about the art. Wish it were bigger ... but that's not a complaint about HOW one enjoys the museum, just how long! Perfect way to spend a half day, which many people think of as "enough" anyway! I highly recommend visiting this museum.
A great variety of art, very well laid out. Wish they had a larger selection of Western art, only had about 6 pieces. But I would go again. We only spent 1.5 hours, but you could spend all day. Downstairs they had a fun contemporary exhibit, some very unique and fun pieces.
The downstairs modern art collection was well laid out, had great depth and held the interest. Look out for the mini elevators and the bee/wasp, who ever laid this out did a superb job!
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